The “privacy” model has become a default business strategy for new search engines. Why? Because it sells. Given the typically inferior quality of their results, and their often uninspiring user-experience, “private search engines” routinely over-achieve in terms of growth. So unless they have a revolutionary new concept, anyone entering today’s search market is almost compelled to trade on privacy.
With Microsoft updating its Services Agreement and Privacy Statement from 1st August 2015, the usual, weasel-worded emails have been dropping into our inboxes, expressing how much the business cares for our privacy and gives us… ahem… ‘control’. As I said in an article about Soundcloud, the only real concern data-mining businesses have about our privacy, is how much they can invade it, and then gloss over their gross invasions with soundbyte PR. But let’s not jump the gun. Here’s Microsoft’s soundbyte PR…
We remain committed to protecting your data, being clear about how we use it and putting you in control. For example, we do not use the contents of your email, chat, video calls, documents, photos or voicemail to target advertising to you.
Sounds great, doesn’t it. Of course, they have to protect everyone’s data within the bounds of the law, so it always makes me laugh the way these companies pitch data protection like it’s some sort of luxury commitment, offered out of the goodness of their hearts. And just because Microsoft doesn’t scan your private communication and content for the purpose of targeting ads, it doesn’t mean the organisation doesn’t scan. Indeed, it has to scan email – otherwise how on earth would it recognise spam? Continue reading Microsoft Privacy Update: What You REALLY Need To Know
Looking back at a few more of the classic vintage desktop design themes from 1992′s Windows 3.1. This comes in addition to the Plasma Power Saver and Hotdog Stand recollections I posted previously.
The post opens with a custom dark theme, displaying deep blue windows on a black desktop. The Program Manager layout was the central access point for all facilities on the computer. It lacked the Windows Start Menu, which didn’t see daylight until the next major redevelopment of the software – Windows 95.
Continue reading More 1992 Microsoft Windows Desktops
How sophisticated you would have been in the mid 1980s, with a Personal Computer, and Microsoft Windows 1.0 with its built-in word-processor – Microsoft Write…
Continue reading Microsoft Windows in 1985