With the initial launch of Windows 10 many Windows OS users reported that Microsoft forced installed the latest operating system on their PCs, laptops, and in mid-2016 Finnish Consumer Authority started an investigation and now Microsoft has reached an agreement with the Consumer Authority that it will no longer install apps on systems without the user’s consent.
As reported by Xinhuanet, Microsoft and Finnish Consumer Authority have agreed that Microsoft will not force install any apps without the consumer’s consent on Windows 10 or the OS itself. Furthermore, the company will not change the function or meaning of any symbol to which a consumer is accustomed to.
This latter restriction might be due to the reports that in “Get Windows 10” app when users opted to not install the OS and clicked the button “X” to close the app but reportedly, Microsoft changed the function for that button to “OK” instead of close or cancel and pressing the button started to install the OS. According to Finnish Consumer Authority:
The entrepreneur cannot presume that the consumer gets information about a product on his own or would seek information via complex internet links.
However, this is currently implemented in Finland only and other countries might also follow this example and force Microsoft to stop force installing Windows 10 or any app without user’s consent.
Speaking of Windows, Microsoft will be rolling out “S Mode” for Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Enterprise versions. What S Mode will do is that it will lock down the 32 Bit side of the Operating System, essentially stopping Win32 apps from running on your PC.
Windows 10 S was rolled out last to year and focuses on performance and security and with this S Mode we will be seeing this in other versions of the OS too.
What is your take on the situation? Do you think Microsoft should also be obliged to not force install apps or OS for other countries too? Let us know in the comments.