Microsoft Shuts Down Controversial Windows 10 Feature

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 Microsoft is killing a controversial feature introduced in Windows 10 that enabled users to share Wi-Fi login information with contacts, automatically.

When Windows 10 was introduced, a feature called Wi-Fi Sense was borrowed from the mobile operating system used for the Windows Phone to be included into the popular PC operating system. As a feature, it allows users to automatically connect to hotspots and amazingly share users’ Wi-Fi passwords with contacts when they are on the same network.


A simple checkbox enabled the passwords for Wi-Fi networks saved on the user’s PC to be shared with contacts on Skype, Facebook and Outlook.

The general feedback and response from users was one that convinced Microsoft to curb the feature completely, removing it from an upcoming Windows 10 Insider Preview update. Furthermore, the thought of sharing Wi-Fi codes with anyone and everyone in one’s contact list didn’t sit well with most users, presumably.

In a new update via the Windows Experience Blog, Gabe Aul, Corporate Vice President stated:

We have removed the Wi-Fi Sense feature that allows you to share Wi-Fi networks with your contacts and to be automatically connected to networks shared by your contacts.

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.

Other updates include extensions support for Microsoft Edge, a long-awaited feature that is fundamental for any browser to compete with the likes of Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox. Users will now be able to download extensions directly from the Windows Store. Universally popular add-ons such as AdBlock and Adblock Plus will be available.

A list of changes, updates, and improvements along with the notable exclusion of Wi-Fi Sense can be found here.

The changes are included in the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14342.

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Samburaj is the contributing editor at Hacked and keeps tabs on science, technology and cyber security.