Agreeing With Microsoft’s Services Agreement--Under Duress
Duress is exactly the right word, defined as “compulsory force or threat.” The compulsory part is I must agree by 15 June, 2021 and the threat is that unless I do so, I “can choose to discontinue using the products and services, and close my Microsoft account before these terms become effective.”
Say what? Really? That’s the choice I gotta make?
Microsoft dominates the computer operating system market worldwide by a margin of 87.7%. The only other practical choice is Apple, which controls a 9.4% share—pretty well wrapping up the what’s available out there in the market between the two. I use the word ‘practical’ with some degree of irony, because that choice would mean getting rid of all my PCs and purchasing Apple equipment, as well as changing my Microsoft cloud storage to some other outfit and kissing Microsoft Word goodbye.
Sorry, Bill Gates, but that’s more extortion than choice
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