⚠️Windows 11 Build 22616 enforces Microsoft Account requirement in Pro edition

▪️Microsoft today released Windows 11 Build 22616 to the Dev and Beta Channels. It now requires you to enter Microsoft Account details when installing the OS for personal use.

▪️Another change in this release is the removal of the updated system tray in the taskbar. Microsoft has restored the "classic" icon management with drag-n-drop.

The rest of the changes are just regular bugfixes.

👉 there is a reason i decided against installing windows 10 or 11. 😉 ich dachte das der account bisher optional war. m$ hat doch das schonmal versucht mit windows 10 (oder 8, weiss nicht mehr)

it was announced at least months ago, thats the reason i wasnt installing windows

@kura @puniko @koyuchan It has been happening in small steps. Sounds like this might be the final one.

@kura @puniko @koyuchan The final step in forcing everyone to have a Microsoft account, I mean.

Probably not the final step in increasing user hostility. enough people changed, especially privacy concerned ones. mostly to apple though i guess.

but enough people changed to linux (dnno for how long) thanks to steam deck as well.

though more enough will stay on winblows

@kura @puniko @koyuchan Interesting how Microsoft is doubling down instead of trying to win these people back. Do they want to kill Windows?

@samgai @kura @puniko Windows is not Microsoft's cash grab anymore. They make more money with Cloud, Office and Xbox combined than with Windows.

@fabiscafe not sure if that works, will probably grab an iso and test it out in a vm

@koyuchan I install Windows 11 for big fixes... And then when I want my removed features back they just take away even more?! Argh

@koyuchan *bug fixes. but to be fair to autocorrect, properly snapping maximised windows with my keyboard has massively improved my workflow

@koyuchan Even macOS allows you to use local account. I don't even talk about Linux.
I wanted to re-install my Windows 11, but now I won't do that.

@koyuchan I believe if Windows sold by subscription, it would still allow using local account even in Home edition.

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