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Windows 10 is killing off this feature

Windows 10 is killing off this feature
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Some ideas are good ideas in theory. Take the cloud for example.

It's a handy tool. An elusive storage space where any content you may need to retrieve is gathered up there indefinitely. Even (gasp!) your Wi-Fi password.

But let's say you change your mind and don't want to share your Wi-Fi password for others to have access to it, and use without your consent. Some people are very territorial when it comes to Wi-Fi and rightly so, as it has everything to do with territory and where you are at the time of obtaining a signal.

Good news. There may be a way to undo something that seems so permanent in the digital world.

When Windows 10 was originally released, Microsoft added a controversial Wi-Fi password sharing feature called Wi-Fi Sense. It was designed for users to click a check box and the passwords for Wi-Fi networks saved to a PC would be shared with contacts on Skype, Facebook and Outlook.com.

The purpose behind this was to make it easier to log into Wi-Fi networks already previously visited. However, Wi-Fi Sense was not compatible with enterprise machines or select workplace Wi-Fi networks.

Not only was the feature unreliable, users expressed anxiety over sending their Wi-Fi passwords, encrypted or not, to Microsoft’s cloud. As a result, many users deactivated the feature. Windows 10 decided it was time to take action.

“The cost of updating the code to keep this feature working combined with low usage and low demand made this not worth further investment,” according to Microsoft.

Wi-Fi Sense will be supposedly be removed from Windows 10 this summer with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

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