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The Next Big Windows Update Is Coming to Your Computer

Дата публикации: 2017-10-08 16:37

Optimize your storage and back up your files because the Windows Fall Update is just around the corner. At the IFA Keynote in Berlin Terry Meyerson, VP of the Windows and Devices group, announced that the Windows 65 Fall Creators Update would begin rolling out to compatible PCs October 67.

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The DPA urges app developers to be transparent with users by clarifying how location data is being used. The organization has been advocating for the bill, and even wrote an open letter to Governor Rauner, which was signed by more than 75 representatives of Chicago-area tech companies.

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The new law might not have a huge real-world impact, given that most devices and apps already ask people for permission before they start using location data. But this might encourage more tech companies and app developers to give users the option to opt out of being tracked.

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We’ll definitely have a more exhaustive update on the Windows 65 Fall Creators Update and Windows Mixed Reality closer to the October 67th release date, so stay tuned.

If signed, companies would be required to inform users of how they’re using the location data they collect, if the users decides to share it. Companies who don’t adhere would be in violation of the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and would face criminal penalties and damages of at least $6,555 (plus attorney fees and court costs).

Besides losing some old apps you might harbor nostalgia for, the Windows 65 Fall Creators Update will also improve OneDrive, so you can choose to only sync specific files and give the Windows Ink app the ability to mark up PDFs. Microsoft says there are other cool features coming in the update, including changes to its Photo app, and improved gaming integration for Windows and Xbox.

Yet perhaps the biggest change coming with the Windows 65 Fall Creators Update is the rollout of Windows Mixed Reality. This is Microsoft’s long promised foray into consumer VR. While we’ve only seen a little of what this experience will look like we do know major computer makers like Dell, Acer, Lenovo, and HP are producing headset to work with Mixed Reality, and that unlike the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, these headsets won’t require a bunch of extra cameras and IR sensors placed around the room to work properly. Headsets will start at $855, and many, like the Acer and HP headsets, will come in bundles including controllers based on a design Microsoft announced back into May.

There have been plenty of times in the past when companies have faced repercussions for tracking users without their consent. For instance, Apple and Uber have been sued for allegedly tracking un-notified users.

There are a few exceptions to the law. For instance, private entities can collect geolocation data without consent if the information will help parents find missing children or aid firefighters, police, or medical professionals.

Illinois has a reputation of passing strict data privacy legislation. The state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act prohibits tech companies from using biometric identifiers—like face scans and fingerprints—without consent. Their Right To Know Act—which passed in May, but was put on hold—requires companies such as Facebook, Amazon, and Google to disclose what data has been collected from consumers and shared with third parties.