Now this is very very interesting.

Microsoft have positioned SkyDrive, their cloud computing storage solution as a major selling point for adoption of Windows 8. Now, there are questions about what can and cannot be uploaded to SkyDrive folders and accounts, even if those folders are private.

Microsoft has stated in its SkyDrive EULA that users cannot upload “nudity of any sort, including full or partial human nudity, or nudity in nonhuman forms such as cartoons, fantasy art or manga”.

The EULA doesn’t allow the following: files that contain “pornography”, “vulgarity”, “profanity”,”gratuitous violence”

This becomes problematic because obviously the definitions of some of those terms is subjective. If people start to feel paranoid about what they can upload to their cloud accounts and what they cannot, they will just pass altogether.

The way the EULA is written, your account could get banned if you have a violent picture of a fatality from Mortal Kombat, the best selling video game.

Now Microsoft have to be very careful because setting up a cloud storage account is like setting up a new home for your furniture. Once you move in, you have to feel very comfortable that you’re not going to be kicked out any time soon.

That’s the only way users will invest the time and trouble it takes to move multiple essential and possibly sensitive files to the cloud.

If there isn’t some refining or clarification of these policies, SkyDrive may lose the war to a competitor.

My proposal, store whatever you want but no illegal (child etc) porn and no dissemination or sharing of any pornography or vulgar material between accounts.

Maybe that would work?

What do you think? Does Microsoft have it right with their current policy?


About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. ( and The Redmond Cloud (

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  • Frank Clay

    like I say to my clients – porn is legal – the moralities are another issue and none of my business – it may be safer (from spywre and viruses) to just go and buy a magazine though.
    But if I stumble across anything illegal on a client’s computer then I will say something to the authorities (and I have).
    Microsoft should go the same way

  • mike

    ummmmm. How would they know if they are not breaking privacy by looking into our stuff? 1984 is closing in fast. Good way to loose my cloud business, it is the principle!

    • Onuora Amobi

      That’s a common refrain I hear from readers. Big brother is here to stay…even in the cloud…

  • Huizhe

    ‘Microsoft has stated in its SkyDrive EULA that users cannot upload “nudity of any sort, including full or partial human nudity, or nudity in nonhuman forms such as cartoons, fantasy art or manga”.’

    This is absurd, of course. “Partial human nudity” is the norm everywhere in the world, except in places where women wear cloth bags that cover everything but their eyes. Even then, though, their hands are naked if not gloved.

    Self-righteousness and hypocrisy are a way of life for the powerful. They would have us believe that they are better than the rest of us.

    • Onuora Amobi

      That’s one point of view.

      Thanks for your comment.

  • woodduck

    I thought the purpose of any cloud storage was that you are able to store whatever you like, the limitations of course would be who you share content with. Not that I condone pornography, however, it should be our choice what we store on our cloud!

    • Onuora Amobi

      Freedom of choice makes sense.

      This is true.