I wonder why this pricing model was created in the first place.
Even though it existed at this time, even SSL Labs did not bother with TLS 1.1/1.2 in the early days! SSL Labs also choked on anything stronger than 1024-bit DHE due to the use of JSSE. Of course both of these problems has been long fixed.
Server 2012 R2 Essentials isn't that expensive though, and provides you with a AD domain complete with group policy etc. It even provides WSUS to control updates.
Nor will the forced updates either. I checked Server 2012 R2 Essentials and it can join a workgroup and be used as a workstation, though it can't be joined to a domain as anything other than a domain controller holding FSMO roles. Hopefully Server 2016 will be the same.
Not as far as I know, fortunately.
At least they do describe the telemetry levels very well now:
Just about the only thing I vaguely liked was Cortana, which was kinda fun for 10 minutes but I don't care about in day-to-day computing.
And it is Cortana that sends your voice to MS's servers obviously.
Why not just an option to opt out?
I think this was the start menu update originally planned for Win8.1 in the first place.
It is not that privacy is dead. It is more like that a lot of the privacy concerns are overblown.
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