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pr_capone
12-12-2007, 04:57 PM
Fancy a getting Windows Vista Ultimate for nothing? How about Office 2007 Ultimate? Encarta 2008? Well, now US residents can – and without breaking the law. All you have to do is sacrifice any shred of privacy you thought your computer gave you.

Microsoft is currently running the discretely-named Windows Feedback Program, a kind of after-release beta-test designed to give the programmers an insight into how to make Windows (and other Microsoft products) better. Like a normal beta, you get copies of the software for free; this time, however, they're full-release products.

The catch? A teeny little software program that runs in the background and sends information to Microsoft during the first three months of use. Although Microsoft is being rather cagey about exactly what information is sent, it's rather telling that the company has failed to place any particular limits on what the software could monitor.

Microsoft's official stance is that it is “looking for information that will help us understand problems you encounter with Windows, how you have configured your computer and Windows, what hardware you are using, and general information about how you are using Windows and Microsoft Office products on your computer.” It's that last part which gives cause for concern.

I don't know about you, but I don't particularly want Microsoft gathering unlimited data with no particular limits being set. The FAQ for the program has further information, but still leaves wiggle room by describing the provided list as “some examples” of collected data and not an exhaustive selection.

If you trust in your Uncle Bill, and if you do absolutely nothing interesting and/or embarrassing on your computer, you have until the 31st December to sign up for the program.

Sign Up Here

http://wfp.microsoft.com/Registration.aspx

JBucc
12-12-2007, 04:59 PM
Can I just sell it?

ChiefFan31
12-12-2007, 08:11 PM
Good call, just sell it to some poor schlep who goes on his merry way, installs, and watches his horse porn. The folks at M$ will love that one.

88TG88
12-12-2007, 08:51 PM
F that, I'll just download the crack and not worry about somebody monitoring my porn downloads.

Guru
12-12-2007, 10:51 PM
Went in out of curiousity to see if it really offers you a free copy of Vista Ultimate. It does not.

All it does is try to get you do download the spy program on your existing computer already running Vista or XP.

Guru
12-12-2007, 10:52 PM
Found this link in the forums of the above link also.

http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9052518&source=rss_news10

Offer yanked.

Valiant
12-13-2007, 12:58 AM
Or just go to most college bookstores..

Got my mom Office ultimate or whatever it is.. normally sells for 679 for 87 dollars brand new and windows vista ultimate for 87 also, i think it sells for like 350...

God it is good that colleges try to help you out.. Now I am not sure why they try to fock me on book costs though...

HMc
12-13-2007, 04:24 AM
so now Windows actually <b>ships</b> with spyware. cool.

Guru
12-13-2007, 04:30 AM
so now Windows actually <b>ships</b> with spyware. cool.
Makes perfect sense if you think about it.

If you can't beat'em, join them.

mikeyis4dcats.
12-13-2007, 08:40 AM
Or just go to most college bookstores..

Got my mom Office ultimate or whatever it is.. normally sells for 679 for 87 dollars brand new and windows vista ultimate for 87 also, i think it sells for like 350...

God it is good that colleges try to help you out.. Now I am not sure why they try to fock me on book costs though...


you do realize that technically that is breaking the license agreement, right?

ChiefFan31
12-13-2007, 11:05 PM
you do realize that technically that is breaking the license agreement, right?

Good, fock em.

At what College bookstores might I find such things? PM please.

Guru
12-14-2007, 05:13 AM
you do realize that technically that is breaking the license agreement, right?
Most likely. I would think that would be more the bookstores problem though.

meStevo
12-14-2007, 09:02 AM
For those who haven't bothered to look into this any further than a very poorly written blog post and blindly reply with ignorant bashing or assumptions, you install a program for 3 months that allows MS to data mine your PC activities and you get your choice of software titles. Data like this helps them develop future titles to properly focus on what their customer's needs are... if they find only 3% of the time a computer is used for gaming, maybe it won't be as much of a priority to cater to that segment for example.

mikeyis4dcats.
12-14-2007, 02:47 PM
Most likely. I would think that would be more the bookstores problem though.

how so? the license agreement is for students. once you cease being a student, the agreements state you must remove the software IIRC.

The bookstore is supposed to sell it only to students, but they have no control over what happens after they make the sale.

Guru
12-14-2007, 08:17 PM
For those who haven't bothered to look into this any further than a very poorly written blog post and blindly reply with ignorant bashing or assumptions, you install a program for 3 months that allows MS to data mine your PC activities and you get your choice of software titles. Data like this helps them develop future titles to properly focus on what their customer's needs are... if they find only 3% of the time a computer is used for gaming, maybe it won't be as much of a priority to cater to that segment for example.
Show me where they are offering the free vista then. I went all over their site and NADA.

mikeyis4dcats.
12-15-2007, 09:48 AM
Show me where they are offering the free vista then. I went all over their site and NADA.

the offer was pulled due to high demand exceedinjg the allotted copies of software.

read the article linked above.

AggressiveNapkin
12-15-2007, 10:23 AM
Can I just sell it?
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Yeah they should give the piece of shit away. I got a new computer and it came on it and needless to say it is not the best

Guru
12-15-2007, 11:50 AM
the offer was pulled due to high demand exceedinjg the allotted copies of software.

read the article linked above.
Did you even notice that I was the one that put that article up? :)

My question was to the guy that says it was wrong.

Valiant
12-15-2007, 01:34 PM
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Yeah they should give the piece of shit away. I got a new computer and it came on it and needless to say it is not the best


What are you saying that being forced to have 3gigs to run the OS and to play games or anything else is too much???

meStevo
12-15-2007, 06:01 PM
Did you even notice that I was the one that put that article up? :)

My question was to the guy that says it was wrong.


The article is wrong because it says they are giving away Vista bundled with the detection software.

They weren't.

They were offering a number of pieces of software for 3 months participation. You could have just opted in and put it on a rarely used computer, filled out the surveys when needed, and gotten a free Copy of Ultimate/Office/whatever.

A less ignorant account of the testing: http://www.internetnews.com/security/article.php/3716376