Microsoft recently informed users about an impending change to Microsoft Services Agreement,media reported. Microsoft made these updates to clarify its terms and ensure that they are transparent to 7 users and cover new Microsoft products, services, and features. The new changes to the agreement will take effect on October 1.
The following is a summary of the most significant changes to Microsoft’s service agreement:
1. In the title, Microsoft will update the release date to August 1, 2020 and the effective date to October 1, 2020;
2. Under the You Content section, Microsoft explains that when users share Your Content with others, they will be able to provide them with content for some purpose. In addition, Microsoft removed a reference to HealthVault because they no longer offer HealthVault as a service;
3. In the Code of Conduct section, Microsoft clarified spam and phishing as another example of harmful behavior. Spam is a large number of unwanted or unsociate e-mail messages, posts, contact requests, text messages, instant messages, or similar electronic communications. Phishing is sending mail or other electronic communications fraud or illegally inducing recipients to disclose personal or sensitive information such as passwords, dates of birth, national insurance numbers, passport numbers, credit card information, financial or other sensitive information, or access to account records, leaked documents or other sensitive information, payments and/or financial interests;
4. In the Kids and Accounts section, by creating a Microsoft account or using the Services, the user and his/her parents or guardians accept and agree to abide by these terms, which means that the user either reaches the place where the user lives or the parent or legal guardian agrees to comply with the “majority” of the content of these terms on behalf of the user, or meets the “legal obligations”;
5. In the Closing Your Account section, Microsoft has removed a clause that may temporarily block the creation of accounts related to user-provided email addresses;
6. In the Payment Terms section, Microsoft has clarified that they reserve the right to issue refunds or credits at their sole discretion, unless otherwise required by law. They also clarified cancellations and refunds to Israeli customers.
7. In the Choice Enterprise, Choice of Law and Location for Resolving Disputes section, Microsoft states that if a user lives in (or is the primary location of the business, the user’s business) in the Middle East, Africa and Europe outside the European Union (EU) countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and if they are using the free portion of services such as Bing and MSN, Then contact the U.S. WA98052 Redmond One Microsoft Way Microsoft Group, and if you’re using the free section of Skype, contact Microsoft Ireland Operations Limited at 18 Leopardstown South County Business Park in Dublin, Ireland. Microsoft will update the contact entities of customers who use the Services section in Asia and the South Pacific or who are free customers of the Outlook.com Services in Singapore or Hong Kong, China, to Microsoft Regional Sales Pte Ltd.;
8. In the Xbox section and throughout the Terms, Microsoft updated the Xbox title to refer to the Xbox Live service and point to xbox consoles instead of Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles. In addition, Microsoft has updated the Xbox Services, including Xbox Online Services, Xbox Game Studios games, apps, subscriptions, services, and content provided by Microsoft. In addition, Microsoft also provides what users can do if they use xbox service accounts to access non-Microsoft services Microsoft;
9. In the Microsoft Family Features section, Microsoft updated this section to include references to Microsoft Family Safety;
10. In the Store (Microsoft Store) and Office Services (Office Services) section, Microsoft has updated Office 365 related to Microsoft 365 and clarified Word, Excel, Excel, PowerPoint, Power, such as 365 Family in Microsoft, Microsoft 365 Personal, and other Microsoft 365 subscription services Specific references used by apps such as Outlook, OneDrive, Access, and Publiser;
11. In the Microsoft Health Services section, Microsoft removed the reference to HealthVault because we no longer offer HealthVault as a service;
12. In the Digital Goods (Digital Products) section, Microsoft has clarified that Microsoft Hassoft Groove, Microsoft Films and TV, Store, Xbox Services and other related and future services may enable users to access, listen to, watch, play, play or read music, pictures, videos, text, books, games or other digital forms of material that may be available to users;
13. In the Microsoft Rewards (Microsoft Rewards) section, Microsoft updated certain hyperlinks related to redemption awards, added instructions on how to opt out of the rewards program, and clarified Microsoft options if it is not eligible for awards for legal reasons;
14. In the Azure section, Microsoft has clarified the user’s use of Azure Services subject to the terms and conditions on the Microsoft Azure Legal Information page (https://aka.ms/AA7z67v);
15. In the Notices (New Notice) section, Microsoft has made explicit changes to copyright and trademark notices. In addition, they deleted license information about stock quotes and index data used by some services;
16. In the Standard Application Licensing Terms section, Microsoft has clarified some of the terms governed by applicable law;
17. Throughout the Terms, Microsoft has made changes to improve clarity, resolve grammar, spelling errors, identify and update hyperlinks, and other similar issues.