WE'RE FILING this one under 'unconfirmed reports' but, holy moly, if it turns out to be true, Updategate is about to ramp up a notch.
A post on Betanews seems to suggest that Microsoft's latest trick in its attempts to 'respond to public demand' (i.e. meddle) is to create and log you into a Skype account based on your Windows account, automatically.
Mark Wilson explained: "While I don’t use Skype, I do have a Skype username from back in days gone by - but this wasn't the account Windows 10 told me I had been signed into. Rather it appeared that Microsoft had created a secondary Skype account for me (gee, thanks) based on my name and decided to randomly sign me in to foist the terrible messaging app on me. What gives?
"Despite my utter hatred of Skype, curiosity got the better of me and I clicked the notification to find out what the hell was going on. 'Say hello to the new Skype' screamed the screen that appeared. No. I'd already said goodbye ... or so I thought. 'We're getting the next version of Skype for Windows ready and we'd like you to give it a try today'.
"This would be fine if I had expressed even the slightest interest in Skype. But I haven't. In case it's not yet abundantly clear, I hate Skype with a boundless passion."
It seems that Microsoft is shifting up the annoyance factor a gear or seven in the run-up to the end of the trial year. On one hand, we accept that Skype is a part of Microsoft and that we have to get used to it. But Skype is an instant messenger, and instant messaging is a very personal thing.