Τα κατάφερε πάλι η Microsoft, που εδώ και καιρό αγωνίζεται να ανακτήσει την εμπιστοσύνη των πελατών της. Όπως αναμενόταν, το Windows Update διέθεσε αρκετά πακέτα ενημερώσεων ασφαλείας και αξιοπιστίας για τα Windows 7 in the last Patch Tuesday. But some more observant developers were surprised by one of the packages released for Windows 7.
Almost three years ago, Microsoft divided the monthly upgrade packages for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 into two separate categories: a monthly collection of updates and fixes (cumulative updates) and, for those who only want the patches that are absolutely necessary, the security.
What a surprise for her security update, July 2019 KB4507456, (Security-only update ) is accompanied by the Compatibility Appraiser tool, KB2952664, which is designed to detect issues that could prevent a Windows 7 PC from upgrading to Windows 10.
Among the skeptics of Windows Update, the Compatibility Appraiser tool should be avoided. Their concern about this tool is because it is used to prepare forced updates or to monitor individual computers.
The word telemetry appears in at least one file, and for some observers this file can perform a "seemingly harmless data collection" but can also be described as pure spyware.
Woody Leonhard said earlier today that Microsoft appears to be "secretly promoting telemetry functionality" in the latest update:
With the July update only for security KB4507456, Microsoft has pushed a security update without any prenotice, adding the Compatibility Appraiser tool, as well as scheduled telemetry tasks. The package details for KB4507456 state that it replaces KB2952664 (among other updates).
Of course, nothing official has been announced by Microsoft, and they do not seem to be anxious to justify this insidious behavior? Where is the transparency that Redmond claims to adopt in all its services?
Note that it is very likely that Microsoft is planning to install the Compatibility Appraiser tool as the Windows 7 support expiration date approaches.
Να υπενθυμίσουμε ότι η ημερομηνία αυτή είναι μετά από έξι μήνες, στις 14 Ιανουαρίου του 2020. Και παρόλο που η Microsoft θα προσφέρει υποστήριξη επί πληρωμή για άλλα τρία χρόνια σε επιχειρήσεις, ο κύριος στόχος της companyς είναι να μεταφέρει όλους τους χρήστες της στο Windows 10.