I am one of the privacy minded people, and although Microsoft has a history of a lot of snooping, and development of major security breaching snooping software, it has all been done in the name of securing their income for a product their rightfully developed. Until recently I did not care about that since a breach is a breach.
However, recently Microsoft has made massive improvements on their defense of privacy. They now have publically stated that they will stall warrants long enough to allow the "victim" of the warrant to obtain proper legal representation so that they can defend themselves (unless illegal to do so, such as life and death of a minor). Additionally, they no longer release information to the government without a valid warrant.
These are and were my main concerns, since most companies only want metrics on the large numbers of people (IE: google) and could care less about the individual. Where as government tends to use individual information in ways that are unpredictable at best. Microsoft joining the masses of major companies that are standing up to the governments misuse of these requests does alleviate some of my fears and as a result I am willing to install these patches. This can help things overall. Although, their secrecy behind the move to 10 and the following "it will only be known as Windows" systems does have me concerned, but not about privacy in general.
Disclaimer: Keep in mind that I am not making political statements, and I could care less about the opinions of those that do not care to do the research. I am just adding a point of view from the OP's side instead of opposing it. Although I HAVE stated some of my opinions, I have NOT gone in depth on the reasoning, methods, thought process, or research behind it. I came to my conclusions with valid thought and through critical thinking processes, and I respect others who do the same even if they come to a different conclusion. Please do not "harass" my post because you are only seeing a quick reference to the tip of the iceberg of my processes and opinions. Legitimate discussions however are always welcome.
-- Windows 7 Ultimate on custom built system, Windows 10 on under powered laptop. Sophos UTM 9, Ubuntu Server and Windows Server 2008 R2. HyperV Virtualization --
"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality," John F. Kennedy