Windows 8 features a slick new interface, but at what cost? Having less control over your PC’s settings than Windows 7, it makes me wonder where Microsoft is headed with its Window’s operating systems. One of the more troubling pieces of information from the Upgrade from Windows 8 website is a link showing how a notification is sent to Microsoft of every application you install on Windows 8. Download a packet monitoring tool such as Wireshark and see for yourself.
In Microsoft’s defense, the data most likely isn’t being used for anything but analytics to determine user trends and habits, but I’d feel better knowing my OS wasn’t reporting back to HQ all the time.