Windows 10 Can Block Pirated Games and Unauthorized Hardware
Microsoft has implemented new service terms, which prohibit the use of pirated software or unauthorized hardware. The terms, which went into effect on August 1, apply to services such as Xbox Live, Office 365, Skype, Outlook.com, OneDrive, Bing and MSN.
The new terms will also affect the majority of Windows 10 users as they cover software connected to a Microsoft account. The new services agreement has a revision which clearly states:
“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.”
Microsoft didn’t clarify what it meant by the “unauthorized hardware peripheral devices” as mentioned in the agreement, but that could refer to third-party Xbox controllers that company does not certify.
You don’t have to specifically agree to the new terms; if you’re already using Microsoft services, that means you agree to the terms. Microsoft further reserves the right to change the terms at any given time.
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