Brad Reed has the details on the back door fear:
German officials specifically worry about how Windows 8 interacts with Trusted Platform Modules and are concerned that once Windows machines are paired with TPM 2.0 in 2015, they won’t be able to deactivate it on their machines if they don’t want it. Once TPM 2.0 is in place, Zeit says that German researchers fear that there will be “simply no way to tell what exactly Microsoft does to their system through remote updates.”
Big Brother is watching. Or, is he? ZDNet has a followup which only confuses the issue.
The only people left who really believe that Windows has a backdoor to the NSA are the same kinds of people who believe Facebook, Google, Apple, Yahoo, and the rest of the named seven major companies, gave “direct access” to their systems to the NSA — which they didn’t, as they continue to fight in the courts to reveal documents that they know exonerates them from any allegations made by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
What a mess.