Sage is introducing a new "behind the scenes" feature in version 4.50 called "Sage Advisor". This will also be rolled out with version 4.40 as of product update 7, due out later this year.
Sage Advisor is an application that has been used with the Sage Peachtree software for several years. It collects statistics on errors received and information such as operating system versions. Sage uses this information in order to learn more about how to improve the software products, and how to prevent errors that customers receive, but may not report to Sage.
Many other software applications already use this type of non-obtrusive usage statistic reporting, such as Microsoft and Google.