Service contract have always been in place for software, be that OS and/or apps. Generally along the line of indemnifying the company:
There had been no specifics provided for the illegal/harmful activities, nor had been there any "threat" of enforcement by the company in the past. This had been drastically changed in Microsoft's new service agreement as of August 01, 2015, quote:provider/seller is not responsible for any illegal or harmful use of the product or service
I understand that this might be just the "new standard" for Microsoft with little or no actual enforcement, but it also seems that they can enforce this based on all of the information Microsoft will collect about Windows 10 users, including Office365 and a slew of other services.Code of Conduct Summary
3. Code of Conduct.
- a. By agreeing to these Terms, youíre agreeing that, when using the Services, you will follow these rules:
- i. Donít do anything illegal.
- ii. Donít engage in any activity that exploits, harms, or threatens to harm children.
- iii. Donít send spam. Spam is unwanted or unsolicited bulk email, postings, contact requests, SMS (text messages), or instant messages.
- iv. Donít publicly display or use the Services to share inappropriate Content or material (involving, for example, nudity, bestiality, pornography, graphic violence, or criminal activity).
- v. Donít engage in activity that is false or misleading (e.g., asking for money under false pretenses, impersonating someone else, manipulating the Services to increase play count, or affect rankings, ratings, or comments).
- vi. Donít circumvent any restrictions on access to or availability of the Services.
- vii. Donít engage in activity that is harmful to you, the Services, or others (e.g., transmitting viruses, stalking, communicating hate speech, or advocating violence against others).
- viii. Donít infringe upon the rights of others (e.g., unauthorized sharing of copyrighted music or other copyrighted material, resale or other distribution of Bing maps, or photographs).
- ix. Donít engage in activity that violates the privacy of others.
- x. Donít help others break these rules.
- b. Enforcement. If you violate these Terms, we may stop providing Services to you or we may close your Microsoft account or Skype account. We may also block delivery of a communication (like email or instant message) to or from the Services in an effort to enforce these Terms or we may remove or refuse to publish Your Content for any reason. When investigating alleged violations of these Terms, Microsoft reserves the right to review Your Content in order to resolve the issue. However, we cannot monitor the entire Services and make no attempt to do so.
I've got a good chuckle about the code of conduct number ix., quote:
Competition would be bad, wouldn't it Microsoft?Donít engage in activity that violates the privacy of others.