A new windows update and now MS is FORCING us to use Cortana. Who cares if we don't want to? The customer service reps will tell you "It's part of Windows now" - like that explains it. What is WRONG with the Product managers/Directors/VPS who are charged with making Windows better? Has Microsoft learned nothing from the disaster that was launching Xbox One with Connect in the box? Customers don't want to be FORCED to use, or pay for, features, software and hardware that they DON'T want.
Yes, I know there's money to be made in data mining, but at what cost? Consumer satisfaction be damned? When will MS learn? Why take away the OPTION to turn the feature off? certainly, it's not to make the consumer's experience better, regardless of what the paid customer service reps have been instructed to say.
When I'm using Windows on my work machine, I DO NOT need Cortana to pop up friendly messages asking me if I want help finding a restaurant. What I really need help with is how to turn Cortana off for good.
The only ray of sunshine I got from the customer service rep when I contacted MS about this issue was: "if enough people complain, maybe they'll put the option back in in a future update."
I have Windows Pro on one machine, so I can use GP Edit to turn Cortona off (allegedly). On my other machines, I'll have to edit the registry. Yeah, I know. MS says don't edit the registry, it could be bad. You don't want me to edit the registry? Why not stop forcing unwanted features on me and giving me no other option?
I'm very unhappy about where windows is going. It seems like every update brings new totalitarian "features" that MS claims are "to make the Windows experience better." Yeah, better for them, at the expense of the consumer - not better for the users who find themselves having to play around in the registry because all other options have been eliminated.