With Windows 8, Microsoft made bitlocker more mainstream, by including it in the professional edition. This tells me, they understood that the need for encryption has grown and they can use it as a point of sale.
Back in the days when they invented Bitlocker, they were proud of a security component called "elephant diffuser" which made bitlocker a lot harder to break. In windows 8 however, they removed it, rendering bitlocker less secure than ever, it seems. Details emerge about reasons:
-the elephant diffuser is not FIPS compliant
-"It’s not supported by hardware acceleration, thereby impacting performance on low-powered devices.”
has some more details.
So I wonder, why woudn't they make the diffuser an optional component? If I don't need to be FIPS compliant and neither have to care for top speed, but long for top security, why wouldn't they leave me with the option to turn it on?
To me, this makes no sense at all.
Did anyone here hear more from Microsoft themselves?