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Published: Fri, June 10, 2016
Science | By Guadalupe Butler

LastPass extension for Edge available to Windows 10 Insiders


Angry Microsoft customers have created a petition that calls for the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF) to investigate the tactics the company has employed to persuade people to upgrade to Windows 10. Instead, users are presented only with the choice of setting a date and time - being able to defer the Windows 10 installation by no more than a few days - or "start the upgrade now". The Windows 10 upgrade is a choice - created to help people take advantage of the most secure, and most productive Windows.

Furthermore, with the pop-up nag box ('Get Windows 10' or GWX), an option should be added to not only decline the upgrade, but to cease further reminders if the user is sure they never intend to upgrade.

The practice is risky too. See also: Should you upgrade to Windows 10? Windows 10 is now running on more than 300 million devices less than one year after its release.

"This list includes a limited set of Windows Phone 8.1 devices and does not include some devices that are now running Windows 10 Mobile in the Windows 10 Mobile Insider program".

"Despite outcries in forums, articles, and every other venue, Microsoft has not issued an apology, a retraction, or mentioned in any way that they are going to cease these practices", Kleinpaste said.

Recent changes in the way the Windows 10 upgrade is delivered to customers is an effort to ensure that everyone who wants their free upgrade to Windows 10 receives it, said Microsoft.

Today LastPass, makers of the world's most popular password manager, released the LastPass browser extension for Microsoft Edge, the widely acclaimed default browser for Windows 10. It adds that metered connections can be set to avoid the download, but many believe Microsoft has not provided almost as much clarity as the issue warrants.

There have also been some updates to existing policies based on feedback from enterprise customers, according to Microsoft.

"Please sign this petition to draw the EFF's attention and ask them to investigate Microsoft for unethical business practices", wrote Kleinpaste, the petition's organizer.

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