August 2015


microsoft windows 10

A new story has been trending on the internet, regarding Section 7.b. of the Microsoft Services Agreement

Sometimes you’ll need software updates to keep using the Services. We may automatically check your version of the software and download software updates or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from accessing the Services, playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorized hardware peripheral devices. You may also be required to update the software to continue using the Services. Such updates are subject to these Terms unless other terms accompany the updates, in which case, those other terms apply. Microsoft isn’t obligated to make any updates available and we don’t guarantee that we will support the version of the system for which you licensed the software.

The original source appears to be an Alphr article that claims “Redmond can disable any games you’ve pirated or devices you’ve unlawfully hacked” and “Microsoft has practically baked DRM into the core of Windows 10”.
So what is all this? When we inspected we found that this is neither new nor a story.

It’s not new?

Well, it’s right up the top of Microsoft’s Service Agreement page:
Microsoft can disable your pirated games and illegal hardware

What are all these agreements and terms ?

Microsoft Software License Terms: applies to Windows (10) specifically
Microsoft Privacy Statement: applies to basically all Microsoft things
Microsoft Service Agreement: applies to listed Microsoft services

Does the Microsoft Service Agreement apply to Windows 10?

The Microsoft Service Agreement does not apply to Windows 10.
It is separated under Section 1.b. — Additional terms of the Microsoft Software License Terms that you agree to during Windows 10 setup:

Some Windows apps provide an access point to, or rely on, online services, and the use of those services is sometimes governed by separate terms and privacy policies, such as the Microsoft Services Agreement at ( You can view these terms and policies by looking at the service terms of use or the app’s settings, as applicable. The services may not be available in all regions.

Compare and contrast with the applicable Microsoft Privacy Agreement, mentioned under Section 3 — Privacy; Consent to Use of Data:

Your privacy is important to us. Some of the software features send or receive information when using those features. Many of these features can be switched off in the user interface, or you can choose not to use them. By accepting this agreement and using the software you agree that Microsoft may collect, use, and disclose the information as described in the Microsoft Privacy Statement (, and as may be described in the user interface associated with the software features.

The Microsoft Service Agreement lists the services it applies to under the last section, Covered Services. You will not see Windows (10) there.

These terms (“Terms”) cover the use of Microsoft’s consumer products, websites and services listed here (the “Services”). […] You accept these Terms by creating a Microsoft account or Skype account, by using the Services, or by continuing to use the Services after being notified of a change to these Terms.

What does Section 7.b. mean, then?

Covered Services in the section :

  • Xbox and Windows Games published by Microsoft
  • Xbox Live

So, the Section 7.b. making it clear by calling out “counterfeit games” and “unauthorized hardware peripheral devices” because it was written in regards to Microsoft’s gaming platform and associated IP on Xbox and Windows.
Interestingly enough, the current list doesn’t even call out the Windows Store, even though it is discussed in the store-specific Section 14.b.

A little known feature called ‘flights data detector’ (not highlighted on stage during Apple’s WWDC keynote) is included in both iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan. The feature currently works with Mail, Messages, and Notes, and it only works with the most recent/current flight. This feature lets iOS automatically detect when text is referencing a flight and allows users to actually check on the flight’s status and progress with an attractive interface.
This is how the feature works:
Step 1: Open Notes App and tap to create a new note.
Step 2: Start typing both the airline and flight number including the number sign into a text field (example: Virgin Atlantic #75) Hit a space or Return. After typing each airline and flight number, iOS 9 automatically recognized the data format as an existing flight and created an actionable link out of the text.

via: Reddit
The same functionality should also be available from emails containing itineraries from airlines. Some users reported that El Capitan and iOS 9 also does the same with package tracking. Most (if not all) shipment tracking numbers will have the popup.
But asking Siri “What is the status of Virgin Atlantic  flight no 75” returning a normal web search via Bing, which may be the case that this this is not yet implemented for voice?
While this won’t replace a dedicated travel app, it’ll be handy if you want to check for flight delays or satisfy your curiosity about an airplane’s location.

Let’s begin by defining internet. It is a network of networks that consists of millions of private, public, academic, business, and government networks of local to global scope, linked by a broad array of electronic, wireless, and optical networking technologies. The Internet works because open standards allow every network to connect to every other network. This is what makes it possible for anyone to create content, offer services, and sell products without requiring permission from a central authority. Internet is built around the idea of openness. It allows people to connect and exchange information freely, if the information or service is not illegal. Much of this is because of the idea of net neutrality.
Net Neutrality
Net Neutrality is the Internet’s guiding principle: It preserves our right to communicate freely online. This is the definition of an open Internet. It means an Internet that enables and protects free speech. It means that Internet service providers should provide us with open networks and should not block or discriminate against any applications or content that ride over those networks. Just as your phone company shouldn’t decide who you can call and what you say on that call, your ISP shouldn’t be concerned with the content you view or post online.
Without Net Neutrality, cable and phone companies could carve the Internet into fast and slow lanes. Net Neutrality is crucial for small business owners, startups and entrepreneurs, who rely on the open Internet to launch their businesses, create a market, advertise their products and services, and distribute products to customers. They use the Internet to reach new customers and showcase their goods, applications and services.However, despite lack of formal rules, ISPs in India mostly adhere to the principal of net neutrality.
While the Internet helps make the economy more efficient due to increased interconnectivity, the gap between the top 1 percent and the rest of the world has still increased drastically. Developing countries insufficient access to the Internet has only furthered this inequality. In an effort to lessen the divide, Facebook (FB) founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg launched in 2013 to provide the entire world with affordable Internet access. While many users in developed countries consider Internet access a basic human right, global Internet access remains is non-existent in several developing nations.However, bringing Internet access to developing countries has several barriers to entry including lack of digital literacy, incentives, income and infrastructure necessary to support networks. In order to combat infrastructure constraints, the social network company’s Connectivity Lab is exploring aerial connectivity with drones and is a global partnership between Facebook and several telecommunication companies, including Samsung, Ericsson and Qualcomm (QCOM). has launched as a free-to-use mobile app in a number of developing countries, enabling users to access free basic apps such as Facebook, Bing and Google Search.

Launch and Problem in India(2015)
To use in India you have to be a Reliance Communications customer in Mumbai, Maharashtra, Chennai, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, or Kerala. To access free sites,Reliance users need to log onto from their phones using either Opera Mini or UC Browser for For an android device you can access these sites via the app(there’s no app for iOS or Windows Phone yet). If you try to access a site that isn’t a partner with, you’re charged for the data used. While Facebook claims to be all for net neutrality, it’s the selection of services on display that make its claims questionable.According to Facebook, doesn’t block or throttle any other services, or create fast lanes. We will never prevent people accessing other services, and we will not use fast lanes. We’re also open to including all mobile operators in, and we’re not stopping anyone from joining. We want as many Internet providers to join so as many people as possible can be connected.A DoT panel on net neutrality is learnt to have opposed projects like Facebook’s, which allow access to certain websites without mobile data charges, while suggesting that similar plans such as Airtel Zero be allowed with prior clearance from TRAI. According to the sources,the panel has stated however that “collaborations between telecom operators and content providers that enable such gate-keeping role to be played by any entity should be actively discouraged”.
Global confusion of with Internet
We have seen how people that have been suppressed in countries and regions have used service like Facebook – to mobilize and share information, which wouldn’t have been possible previously. Despite this tangible benefits,most people still thinks isn’t broadly a good thing. It skews competition. It’s not transparent. It doesn’t give people access to information outside of the services listed. And it isn’t the Internet. Most people using use Internet for the very first time and don’t have any clue of how vast the Internet is. The users of are confined to the selected websites and think that the 20-30 websites of is what the Internet is made up of. If this continues over a period of time the user would make his/her definition of Internet and would never try to explore outside the walled gardens of This in turn would restrict the meaning of Internet for the user to This is the problem which could end up in a very dangerous situation if a majority of the world’s population, billions of people, consolidate the idea that is the Internet.