Microsoft Details Windows Server 2016 Telemetry-Gathering Practices
Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 will ship later this year, after the summer has come and gone in fact.
"We're excited to deliver Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 to customers this fall," confirmed Mike Schutz, general manager of Microsoft Cloud Platform Marketing, in an email responding to a request for comment from eWEEK.
By now, most customers know what to expect from the products in terms of features, but a big question mark hangs over the proceedings, at least for security-conscious IT personnel. What kind of information does Microsoft plan to gather from the products and what will the software giant do with it?
Microsoft's handling of Windows telemetry data has become a touchy topic since the release of Windows 10 last summer, stoking privacy concerns. The operating system is the company's most cloud-connected system software offering to date, featuring components like Cortana that routinely report back to Microsoft with system and app usage.
New documentation sheds light on what the company will do with Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 telemetry data when the products ship this fall.
With the impending release of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016, products that will touch more sensitive and business-critical information for many organizations than the Windows 10 desktop OS, Microsoft appears to be heading off those concerns for enterprise customers.
- Security: Collects Connected User Experience and Telemetry settings and data from the Malicious Software Removal Tool and Windows Defender
- Basic: Builds on Security and collects basic device information regarding quality-related data, app compatibility and usage
- Enhanced: Builds on both Security and Basic, providing reliability data and offering Microsoft additional insights on how the OS, System Center and apps are used and how they perform
- Full: Includes the data from the previous levels and adds telemetry that enables Microsoft to identify problems and help fix them