Get Real, Microsoft: If the New Surface Pro Is a Laptop, Bundle It With a Type Cover

An anonymous reader shares an article: If Microsoft sold cars like it’s trying to sell its Surface Pro (2017), it would charge extra for wheels — and would be laughed out of the market. But Microsoft’s using this tactic to sell its new Windows tablet as a “laptop,” and we’re still trying to figure out why. Microsoft’s Surface Pro is clearly a Windows tablet, just like its predecessor, the Surface Pro 4. Nevertheless, devices chief Panos Panay calls it a “laptop” no fewer than three times in his blog post, including the very first sentence. No “laptop” or notebook PC forgoes a keyboard, however, as the Surface Pro does. Long-time Surface fans may know that Microsoft charges $129 to $159 more for that accessory, but does the average buyer get it? That’s where the confusion starts.

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Security Analyst Concludes Windows 10 Enterprise 'Tracks Too Much'

A viral Twitter rant about Windows 10 Enterprise supposedly ignoring users’ privacy settings has since been clarified. “I made mistakes on my original testing and therefore saw more connections than I should have,” writes IT security analyst Mark Burnett, “including some to Google ads.” But his qualified results — quoted below — are still critical of Microsoft:

You can cut back even more using the Windows Restricted Traffic Limited Functionality Baseline but break many things.Settings can be set wrong if you aren’t paying attention. Also, settings are not consistent and can be confusing to beginners.You are opted-in to just about everything by default and have to set hundreds of settings to opt out, even on an Enterprise Windows system. Sometimes multiple settings for the same feature. Most Microsoft documentation discourages opting out and warns of a less optimal experience… But you can’t completely opt-out. Windows still tracks too much.Home and Professional users are much worse off due to limitations of some settings and lack of an IT staff… I’m not saying ditch Windows. I’m saying let’s fix this. If we can’t fix it, then we ditch Windows.

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