Many big tech and software companies collect users data and most of the times they aren’t transparent about it. Following the publication of the data collected by Windows 10’s built-in telemetry and diagnostic tracking last year, Microsoft has now decided to introduce an important change in Windows 10.
Next major Windows 10 update, due March, will support a new application, the Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer, that will allow users to browse and inspect data that operating system has collected.
Windows 10 has two modes for its data collection, “basic” and “full.” The documentation published last year described all the data collected in the “basic” setting but only gave an outline of things that “full” setting collected. The Data Viewer will show users precisely what the full setting collects.
The new tool is definitely a step forward but not really addressing any of the actual complaints that Windows 10 has generated. The fact that Microsoft is collecting data, and what people are asking is that the company should offer an option to mainstream users that has no data collection at all – an option that is already available in the Enterprise edition.