Damn you A/B testing! Looks like Redmond may have gone a tad too far in testing things out, as it forced users into setting up a Microsoft account during fresh install of Windows 10.
Another way to say that the company prevented users from creating local accounts.
This has been going on for a while now, whereby the only way to circumvent this limitation was to disconnect from the internet during the install in order to bring up the “Offline Account” option from being visible again.
That test was limited to just the US.
But it now looks like the company is rolling out this option of forcing users into setting up a Microsoft account during setup to more regions. Many a user in Germany have reported the same, whereby Windows 10 did not offer them the option to use a local account.
When the internet was disconnected, the option did appear. But the setup returned to the Microsoft account initiation setup when the system was reconnected.
According to the user, they could easily cancel this option. And furthermore, clicking on “More information” revealed that if users did not want to use a Microsoft account, they could remove it after installation.
Goes without saying that this decision to not let users choose a local account when setting up their device has been met with criticism. There are merits of a Microsoft account, but if someone does not want it, the added complexity of setting one up and then removing it after installation is a hassle.
And besides, what’s wrong with providing users options like the company has been doing before?
What do you think? Have you been forced, this way?