The downward spiral was clear with Windows 8 already, but boy! Microsoft was hard at work to reach one low after another.
Even Windows 8 looks like the golden child now compared to Windows 10. Given the choice, I would vastly prefer W8 with Classic Shell to W10.
Who would have thought they would remove group policy settings in W10 to force ads with an forced update?! The forced update model was only acceptable if the vendor shows that you can trust it fully, the recent moves clearly shows this trust is completely unwarranted with MS.
So anything goes now. Microsoft behaves literally like a villain.
Even I didn't think they would go THIS far. I guess their telemetry showed that more than enough people used gpedit to stop their crap, that's why they have done this. If users find a way to circumvent that, they will patch something in to circumvent the users again. Too crazy of an OS to use seriously.
Not to mention the malware-like tactics they used with GWX.
There's just no excuse whatsoever for these kinds of behaviors.
I can't believe that THIS is Microsoft's answer to the popularity of mobile phones and customer rejection of W8. Really, ads that you can't fully turn off, force just about everywhere, GWX coming straight from the malware school, settings and apps popping up again after updates that you deleted/deactivated before, massive data mining at every step which surpasses Apple by far and which is not fully disabable, consumer-hostile removals of settings with every forced update... THIS is the answer?! THIS is an convincing argument to stay with Microsoft?!