Microsoft has just recently announced that they will remove the Wi-Fi Sense Password Sharing feature that can be found on Windows 10 devices. However, the Wi-Fi Sense feature will still remain. This will still let users automatically connect to open hotspots, but the Password Sharing functionality will be removed when the Anniversary update rolls in this coming July.
Microsoft to Remove Password Sharing Feature for Wi-Fi Sense but the Main Functionality Will Still Remain
Microsoft had just released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build on Tuesday. Alongside with this release, they have made an announcement which would make those who safeguard their privacy a lot happier as the tech giant is going to remove the controversial password sharing feature of Wi-Fi Sense. For those who are quite unfamiliar with the feature, if it is enabled, it will let Windows 10 users share Wi-Fi passwords with their contacts. Furthermore, it will also automatically connect towards networks in which their contacts had shared. It also lets users automatically connect to open Wi-Fi hotspots. That last part of the feature will still remain after the Anniversary update in July, but the ability to share passwords will be gone.
In an official blog post that introduces the new Windows 10 Insider Preview build, Microsoft’s Gabriel Aul gave the reason to the public as to why they are deleting the feature. Furthermore, it should be noted that the reason behind the depreciation of this part of the functionality is not due to complaints from privacy advocates. “The cost of updating the code to keep this feature working combined with low usage and low demand made this not worth further investment. Wi-Fi Sense, if enabled, will continue to get you connected to open Wi-Fi hotspots that it knows about through crowdsourcing,” Aul said.
The Wi-Fi password sharing portion will then be removed from Windows 10 devices, more specifically that from the Wi-Fi Sense feature from the operating system. It will come alongside the Windows 10 Anniversary update which is expected to be launched in late July of this year.
Aside from deleting the Wi-Fi Sense Password Sharing functionality, Microsoft will also be introducing other changes with the update. This will include the ability to download Edge browser extension through the Windows Store, which was first seen with AdBlock and AdBlock Plus. There will now be real-time Web notification for the Edge browser, and updated visuals for the User Account control dialog just to name a few.