Windows 10 Creators Update includes a number of improvements to privacy
Windows 10 Creators Update will allow users to delete Cortana voice data for the first time, Microsoft has confirmed.
Marisa Rogers, Head of Windows and Devices Group Privacy Office, said: "We are committed to helping ensure you have access to even more information and can review and delete data we collect via the Microsoft privacy dashboard.
"This month, we will bring voice data to this dashboard, so you can review the data we have which improves Cortana’s ability to naturally respond to your requests as your personal digital assistant."
The ability to delete the data Microsoft parses to improve its smart assistant, Cortana, comes as part of a larger move towards transparency.
That starts as soon as you upgrade to Windows 10 Creators Update.
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Whether you are already running a version of Windows 10 or upgrading to the next-generation operating system for the first time, you will be given the chance to review your privacy settings.
Microsoft has included the ability to check your privacy settings during the upgrade process – something that has not featured in previous versions of Windows 10.
The US technology firm wants to be as transparent as possible.
Beside each toggle, Microsoft provides a short description of the purpose of the setting, explaining how the data set is used and how it will benefit the user.
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Microsoft now includes granular controls for privacy within the set-up for Windows 10
For example, when requesting access to your Location data, Microsoft points out that sharing this will be necessary to "get location-based experiences like local weather and directions to your favourite places.
"Let Windows & apps request your location, and send Microsoft location data to help improve location services."
We will continue to refine our approach and implement your feedback about data collection and privacy controls
Marisa Rogers, Windows and Devices Privacy Office
Within Windows 10 Creators Update, users can navigate to Windows Settings from the Start Menu, then select Privacy, to review and change their settings at any time, as well as discover more details and links to the Microsoft Privacy statement.
Although users now have much more granular controls over their data – including voice data for Cortana – Microsoft still thinks you should leave the toggles as is during the set-up process.
Head of Windows and Devices Group Privacy Office, Ms Rogers said: "We believe the recommended settings will provide you with the richest experience and enable important Windows 10 features to operate most effectively."
But added: "In future updates, we will continue to refine our approach and implement your feedback about data collection and privacy controls."
Microsoft has made its Windows 10 Creators Update available to users ahead of the UK release date
Windows 10 Creators Update is available now for those who are willing to manually download and install the latest operating system.
The new blockbuster update for Windows 10, dubbed Windows 10 Creators Update, is scheduled to roll-out worldwide on April 11th 2017.
Microsoft confirmed last week that it would be making the new update available as a manual upgrade roughly one week before its launch date, and it has made good on the promise.
Those who want to install Windows 10 Creators Update today can do so via the Windows 10 Update Assistant.
Make sure you have the Windows 10 Update Assistant installed on your machine, then follow the instructions within the app to update to version 1703.
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Windows 10 Anniversary Update rolled-out on August 2nd, bringing new features to Cortana, improvements to the redesigned Start Menu and Live Tiles
The update has been available for a little while to those who are on the Windows 10 Insider Program, but this marks the first time it has been made available to users running a non-beta version of Windows 10.
Windows 10 Creators Update ships with a number of new features.
Microsoft has included a new mode optimised for intensive PC gaming session, dubbed Game Mode.
There are also a number of features that help to bridge the gap between Windows 10 gamers and their counterparts on Microsoft's Xbox platform.
Windows 10 Creators Update also includes an all-new Paint 3D app which makes it easier than ever to build and create 3D models and items.
Paint 3D offers a simple way to get in to 3D modelling, with a number of pre-set models alongside customised options, all of which can be shared online and even printed in to real-life.