Anyone remember these guys?
They make 90% of their revenue off of... y'know, selling your personal information for ads. They're not the world's largest ad broker for no reason. They've also been confirmed to read your email in Gmail to display "relevant" ads based on a few key words in said email, track your Google Chrome activity, have poor COPPA compliance, keep any deleted emails from your Gmail account, have ties with the CIA and NSA, among other things. Next to Facebook they have one of the worst privacy records in the computing world.
Or how about these guys?
They record everything you say to Siri and store it in a server. Everything.
Or how about Facebook? They have exceptionally poor privacy controls and - you guessed it - sell your personal information for ad revenue. I don't believe I need to go on about how terrible Facebook is like I did with Google, so I'll leave it at this.
And you might be asking, "What is the point of this?" My point is that Microsoft is not the only one invading your privacy, contrary to what the circlejerk says. And don't think you're safe from it because you're on Windows 7 - Windows 7 is included too. If you really care about privacy, just use Linux. Otherwise, keep using Windows or OS X or whatever. Also, keep in mind that the information that Microsoft collects and what they do with it has not been confirmed yet, unlike the cases of Google, Apple and Facebook. Don't jump to any conclusions. Go against the circlejerk!