The new Microsoft Service Terms that went into effect from 1st of August state that the Company can prevent you from playing counterfeit game, run counterfeit software and even disable unauthorized hardware. The terms apply to people using Microsoft services, which include Office 365, Outlook.com, Xbox Live, Skype, OneDrive, Bing and MSN. Software using a Microsoft account are also protected by this change of terms. Which means that most Windows 10 users will be affected, even thought Windows 10 does not require you to use a Microsoft, most users have a Microsoft account linked with their copy of Windows.

The new Service terms state that Microsoft can release updates to their products (Windows 10), which might

“download software updates or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from accessing the Services, playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorized hardware peripheral devices.”

It is unclear what they mean by unauthorized hardware, perhaps they will not allow the use of non-certified Xbox controllers. However, the part about software is clear, they mean pirated games and other software.

Users not on Windows 10 are also potentially endangered by this because of the aforementioned Microsoft Services (Office 365, Outlook.com, Xbox Live, Skype, OneDrive, Bing and MSN).

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