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Now available only in the U.S., the options start at $1,199 costs, another $200 more to than the entry-level version of the Microsoft Surface Laptop with Windows 10 S installed. The company's hyped Windows 10 release was overshadowed by privacy and data collection concerns.

In an interview, Rogers described the viewer app as a "secondary mechanism", a companion to the diagnostic data documentation Microsoft released past year with Windows 10 version 1703.

"Our commitment is to be fully transparent on the diagnostic data collected from your Windows devices, how it is used, and to provide you with increased control over that data", Rogers said. Windows Core OS and CShell aim to provide the same look, feel and features for all users. The app displays the information in the form of diagnostic events that your PC sends to Microsoft servers in the name of improving your Windows experience and fixing broken things. Users will be able to view information on their devices and their configurations, including connected peripherals, settings and the network information pertaining to a given device. However, Microsoft's documentation states that such data collection "isn't meant to capture user viewing, listening or habits".

Windows 10 S is Microsoft's streamlined version of the operating system (OS) that only allows apps to be installed from its Microsoft Store, whereas Windows 10 (Pro) regularly allows you to install programs you want from any source.

As this screenshot shows, the viewer might be easy to navigate, but the data itself is typically binary. Also in the pipeline is the ability to delete specific items of data recorded by your Microsoft account and to export any data from the dashboard. It provides filters to separate the diagnostic events by categories such as browsing history, product and service performance, etc.

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Microsoft also announced that it has updated its Microsoft Privacy Dashboard with a new Activity History page.

Details about the usage of the device, operating system, applications, and services. Users can download this free tool without the need for a Microsoft account.

With this, the users will be able to view and search all diagnostic data in the cloud that's related specifically to their device.

It is a welcome move by Microsoft to include these changes in Windows 10 as an answer to some of the sharp criticism it has received over the years regarding the amount of telemetry data collected.


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