Microsoft has updated its Services Agreement statement which deals with the usage of the company's software. The update includes numerous changes made to Xbox Live, Skype, OneDrive, the Windows Store and more. The company has also modified its "Code of Conduct" section to curb the publication of terrorist-related use of its services - in accordance with its previous announcement - which now applies to Xbox Live users as well.
Microsoft has also made another change for users of its services, which now states that users will have to log in to Xbox Live at least once every five years to maintain their gamertags. In case the account is compromised, the company is also authorized to disable certain content. Apart from this, Microsoft has added a notice which states that separate work or school terms apply if users sign in with an email address associated with either.
The company has also made several changes to the payment terms that exist between Microsoft and its customers. These alterations and clarifications relate with users residing in various countries including China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and more. Microsoft adds that:
In the Xbox Live and Microsoft Studios Games and Applications section, we’ve clarified that, if allowed by your Xbox privacy settings, Microsoft can publish your name, gamertag, gamerpic, motto, avatar, and games that you’ve played in communications to people on your Xbox friends list. We’ve added that for any device that can connect to Xbox Services, we may automatically check your version of Xbox console software or the Xbox App software and download Xbox console or Xbox App software updates or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from accessing the Xbox Services, using unauthorized Xbox games or Xbox apps, or using unauthorized hardware peripheral devices with an Xbox console.
Furthermore, Microsoft has added a new section for group messaging services, Bing Places, Microsoft Band, Microsoft Health and OneDrive. The company has also introduced new sections for Skype Manager and GroupMe services. Moreover, Microsoft has updated its Rewards Program with a few changes, which now notes that users must log in at least once in a 180-day period to maintain the account.
The company has made some other minor changes as well, which includes the inclusion of applications downloaded from the Xbox and Windows Store in its Standard Application License Terms. For those living in the United States, the Redmond giant has made minor edits to the Binder Arbitration and Class Action Waiver section to shorten it and change the addressee for sending notices to the company. Rights associated with digital goods have been moved to their own section, and the company has also made some changes to the entire agreement to address clarity, grammar and typo-related issues.
You can check out the detailed list of changes made to the Microsoft Services Agreement here and view the full agreement itself here.