Talk, unless followed up with action, is just that. Talk. And considering just how much Microsoft claims that users are now at the very core of its services, the company has updated its Services Agreement.

Users now benefit from enhanced privacy and transparency as far as their details are concerned. Better yet, the terms themselves are now simpler and straightforward.

Microsoft’s updated Service Agreement focuses on three important parts — privacy, transparency and simplicity. And these tweaks are important considering just how much Redmond accuses Google of using consumer data to run ads, and calls on the US government for more transparency.

This is what the new terms state about user privacy, for instance:

“As part of our ongoing commitment to respecting your privacy, we have updated the Microsoft Services Agreement to state that we do not use what you say in email, chat, video calls, or voice mail to target advertising to you. Nor do we use your documents, photos, or other personal files to target advertising to you.”

Simple and straightforward — no fuss, no mess.

An equally important revision is that the technology titan will only provide user information to government agencies, if the requests are backed up by court orders.

And just in case you were wondering, this new agreement covers almost all Microsoft consumer oriented services, from Bing, MSN,, OneDrive,, Office 365 Home Premium to Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Windows Live Mail and, of course, Microsoft Accounts.

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  1. This is what they need to do more of. They sell products and services. Yes, they have Bing, but doesn’t rely on advertising money as much as Google. They need to distance themselves as much as possible from any advertising and information sharing.

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