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Reasons not to use Windows Live

Quoting the Microsoft Service Agreement (which seems to be obligatory for those using Windows Live applications):

4. How You May Not Use the Service.

In using the service, you may not:
use the service in a way that harms us or our affiliates, resellers, distributors, and/or vendors (collectively, the "Microsoft parties"), or any customer of a Microsoft party;

Unless there’s a more precise definition of "use in a way that harms", that just won’t work.
Is it "harm" if I merely work on some project (commercial or in my spare time, open source or not - doesn’t matter) that interferes with the business of such an affiliate etc.?

I guess Phoenix - one of the big guys in PC BIOS development - might be somewhere in that list - their software interacts in some way with Windows, and they probably coordinate their efforts.
Phoenix probably don’t like linuxbios too much - oops, I worked on that, and used e-mail while doing so. Would this clause prevent me from legally reading and sending linuxbios mails with Windows Live Mail?

Patrick Georgi

Patrick Georgi

Von der Stadt aufs Land. Freund des retro computings und des inneren Exils. Die Gedanken sind frei. Dieses Recht findet seine Schranken in den Vorschriften der allgemeinen Gesetze.

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