Maybe they are realizing that Linux is a force to be dealt with. Since more and more people are learning about Linux and how easy it is to use their OS's,I'm sure they are trying to keep an "eye" on the competition!
Microsoft knows that Linux is a force to reckon with, with 30% of it's Azure customers running the OS & the number is growing.
They also are aware of the paranoia going on over Windows 10, the mad rush to purchase Windows 7 computers that's not crippled with Secure Boot. Obviously, many consumers doesn't want to give up Windows 7, which often leads to dual booting or later flat out Linux installs.
And the words coming out of Microsoft's mouths:
“We are NOT trying to sell you anything
Is a pure out lie. No, they're not selling the OS, rather some of the optional services that some will want, sometimes at a markup. For example, Netflix & other movie hosting sites, while these can be purchased from one's Microsoft Account, can also be purchased direct from the vendor itself. What Microsoft wants & they've tried pulling this stunt on me at least two times that I recall, is having a payment method stored on their servers. No way will they get my debit card or bank account information, anything that I need, will purchase myself elsewhere.
There are many ways that Microsoft can get cash out of it's customers, such as extra OneDrive storage, Store Apps, upgrade to a Premium email service, Office 365 subscriptions, Skype & more.
With Google offering the same amount of Free storage (15GiB), one can create as many Free email accounts as needed to fill the need. One can so the same with Microsoft (I have two accounts).
What I don't need are 'upsells' of premium services that I mentioned above, as most are available at a lower cost & yet still run on Windows & Linux OS's, though a plug-in may be required to run some of the movie apps on Linux. No big deal, there's a Silverlight replacement in Moonlight & the other things needed are available via the Terminal (I already have the Fonts package).
So I don't need Windows period to have the Netflix that Microsoft would prefer to sell as a service to me. There's also other premium movie & TV content available on Linux, such a Hulu & Hulu Plus. Go to the bottom (On your Computer), it'll be seen that it's available for Linux, though Google Chrome has to be installed to keep the latest Flash Player & other needed plugins. The one with Firefox is too dated, fortunately Google Chrome solves this.
As far as any Linux monitoring tools goes, while I do have two installs of 8.1 Pro installed on computers that's Hyper-V capable, at the same time, have no intentions of using that option for anything. Way too many steps are required to setup & run Hyper-V VM's, something I learned late in 2012. So therefore, Microsoft won't have a way to monitor my Linux usage & being that I'm not using their software to run the OS, has no right to. I boot straight into Linux Mint, and don't mess with the Microsoft Way of running virtual machines when I do create & run these.
I pity the consumers whom purchases Windows 10 computers, some won't have the option of disabling Secure Boot & if one thinks Windows RT, 8 & Vista was bad, wait until 10 is shipped. More & more privacy will be lost, including as Nick has mentioned, the ability to stay anonymous while running Linux VM's, be it Hyper-V, VirtualBox or VMware Player/Workstation. The only way to save some of that privacy will be to create a Local account, being sure not to be connected to the Internet at the time of account creation.
They are always trying to sell some second rate software or operating system, And if they are not trying to sell you anything it's because they are spying on you and on selling the data collected
Microsoft is making money hand over fist off of those who are Preview testers, which at first had lots more spyware (of which I posted snapshots of months ago) than the current version, or the security vendors has been 'advised' to look the other way, being these are 'system files'. Windows 7 was the last best OS that Microsoft has ever written & as soon as I can figure out how to, will install it on this Samsung 7 Chronos that I have. For whatever reason, Linux install attempts will cause a partial bricking of these notebooks, and I don't have the skills needed to repair this soft of thing, so am stuck with Windows on this one.
Otherwise it's a great notebook, 3rd gen i7 & I believe the last true quad core mobile i7 released.
At any rate, Windows is a second rate OS, and I say this from my own perspective, and not echoing what others says. Having a Windows OS means more responsibility, work to keep the disk clean & defragmented, running virus & anti-malware scans, making sure that all installed software is kept up to date. Clean or re-installs will take the large part of a weekend to complete. If this OS is so great, why can't it keep everything up to date?
With Linux, the Update Manager handles all of that, including optional browsers, such as Google Chrome, if installed. Only takes 2-3 hours to setup & configure after performing a few installs. That's a sign of a first rate OS.
we just want you understand your pains in this area,” writes Microsoftie Satya Vel
Spoken like that of a career used car salesperson. They understand nor feel anything other than usershare & money, and keeping the shareholders happy.
Years ago, I used to feel that Google was the enemy & was as anti-Google as anyone. Not anymore. The true enemy to our privacy was the very first to sign the PRISM act, the Microsoft Corporation.