The advent of forced telemetry in Windows 10 caused a stir in the IT pro and enterprise administration space. For those unaware of this, Windows 10 and 11 keep logs of many activities performed on them and ship those (anonymized) data points back to Microsoft for advanced analytics. Before you panic, let us explore what is collected and why.
What is collected? Let’s take a look:
- The type of hardware being used
- Applications installed and usage details
- Reliability information on device drivers
Why is it collected?
Microsoft gives many reasons for collecting this data. The general takeaway here should be that Microsoft uses telemetry to do its best on the functionality of future versions, as well as spending the resources to fix problems in a real-world priority scenario. For example, in the past, if 10,000,000 crashes occurred in
Explorer.exe daily in the world and they all had the same debugging call stack in them, Microsoft might...