Recently, the software company Microsoft expanded its relationship with one of the BIOS manufacturers, Phoenix Technologies. Under the new deal the two companies will explore new ways to integrate the operating system with the more fundamental building blocks of the computer - meaning a wider connection of the operating system with the BIOS.
Microsoft strives to give us users more control over both the computer functions of its computer but also the hardware settings. The potential of the above transaction is to make large computer administrators monitor both hardware and software settings remotely, and also allow us to more easily control these settings from a full Windows interface more easily.
It should be noted that the BIOS is the system that communicates between the hardware extensions and the operating system and until now there was no direct connection between the BIOS and any specific operating system (ie no matter what operating system you had in the BIOS it works with). This means that Microsoft wants exclusivity over our computer systems - Phoenix Technologies will provide a BIOS that works only with Windows, thus eliminating Linux and other operating systems that will be released in the future not under Microsoft's control.
Moreover, Microsoft and Phoenix Technologies have discussed the integration of personal identification technologies for each computer, that is, the use of a unique identifier for each computer, which can enable unique identification of content providers, thereby allowing or not allowing the content to be distributed to the computer in question. Moreover, this means that the privacy of the subscribers will be in constant danger since it will be possible to locate or track the downloads of a particular computer.