Microsoft can reach out and delete your files and apps in Windows 8

Microsoft can reach out and delete your files and apps in Windows 8

A great catch by Gregg Keizer at

He accurately caught these quotes from Microsoft in their terms of use at their Windows Store release event.

“In cases where your security is at risk, or where we’re required to do so for legal reasons, you may not be able to run apps or access content that you previously acquired or purchased a license for,”

“If the Windows Store, an app, or any content is changed or discontinued, your data could be deleted or you may not be able to retrieve data you have stored,”

Yes folks, you heard right. Microsoft will be able to lean into your PC and:

  • revoke access to select apps.
  • delete the app entirely.

Apple has the same ability but have chosen not to use that power – probably fearing the backlash from a very vigilant user community.

There’s no big drama here and it may make sense but how do you feel about it?

A friend of mine said that if he pays money for an application and takes “possession” of the application, the 3rd party (Microsoft) should not be able to go back and affect that transaction in any way.

His point is, if it’s bad, don’t let it get through QA. Period.

Interesting. What’s your take?

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 (

  • MrPras

    really? Zero comments?! well – I thought usually those kinds of things are put in the license because it makes it easier to resolve conflicts later (ie we take no responsibility for anything etc).. But of course from their point of view – the ability to shut off pirate versions of software is a measure to protect legal users and developers. Apart from other intentions, it’s a fairly normal thing to do I expect. It’s like shareware connecting to the internet and finding out the serial is bad and blacklisting it. If MS do that in some form it makes it easier for developers and hopefully for the users too.

    I’m not against the idea of piracy but if it didn’t happen, MS would have no reason to do this. Just my opinion..

  • xinu

    Well I find this very concerning. I think this will be part of Microsoft’s new tactics to tacle software piracy and simply delete or deny access to pirated software. Although I do not condone piracy,I am absolutely against this level of control by Microsoft, and if this ends up being in the final product, I can see a lot of people voicing their concerns. At the end of the day if I am paying for software, I want to do with it what I want. I do not want Microsoft from interfering with my copy of Windows in any way. This might seriously affect my decision whether I purchase Windows 8 or not.

    Being a osx user at the moment, i very much appreciate that apple does not use this power, as if they started it would draw me away very quickly.

    I guess linux will be the only option soon.

  • King Cobra

    How much ever awesome windows 8 going to be. I don’t want it if some else could sniff around my stuffs.