How to permanently close your Microsoft account - Delete MicrosoftTime 2022-08-10 00:43:08
How to permanently delete your Microsoft accountGo to Close your account and follow the instructions to sign in.Check that the page shows the Microsoft account you want to close, then click Next.Read the list, and click the checkboxes to acknowledge you’ve read each item.In the Select a reason drop-down list, choose the reason you're closing the account.Click Mark account for closure.
Here is the shortcut link to the official account deletion page.
Before you delete your Microsoft accountBackup your personal data. Whilst using your Microsoft account, you might have stored data, such as files and pictures or emails. Following account deletion, that data will no longer be accessible.Keep in mind that games you've purchased through the Microsoft account will remain playable, but you will lose saved game progress, your Gamerscore, and your Gamertag. If you use an Xbox Music Pass, that music will no longer be accessible.Revoke any relevant app permissions associated with your Microsoft account. This makes it easy to spot which apps rely on your Microsoft account. These can then be fixed, avoiding future access issues.Delete Microsoft's apps from your devices. Save memory on your devices by clearing out apps associated with Microsoft that are no longer needed.Notify contacts of your departure: If you use an email address that ends in hotmail.com, outlook.com, live.com, or msn.com, your emails will no longer be available.Cancel third party subscriptions associated with your Microsoft account ID. If you don't do this now, you won't be able to access those services following deletion.Spend any excess credit. Once your Microsoft account is gone, so is all the money associated with it. This includes any Skype credit.
Remember, if you delete your Microsoft account and realize that something is no longer working, there is a 60-day grace period where you can retrieve your Microsoft account before it is deleted forever.
Reasons to permanently delete Microsoft from your lifeMicrosoft's biggest wrong is distributing a nonfree operating system, Microsoft Windows.Microsoft Windows is packed with malicious functionalities, including surveillance of users, DRM, censorship and a universal back door.Microsoft tricked users into "upgrading" to Windows 10.Microsoft was the first company to participate in the PRISM surveillance program, according to leaked NSA documents.Microsoft (along with Google, Yahoo, Cisco, AOL, Skype, and other companies) cooperated with the Chinese government in implementing a system of Internet censorship.Microsoft's chatbot in China threatens people who communicate using prohibited words. More here.Microsoft recorded users of Xboxes and had human workers listen to the recordings.Microsoft forced a ridiculous "open" standard, OOXML (used in DOCX files), through the International Standards Organization.Microsoft pressured nearly all manufacturers of PCs to pay for a Windows license for every machine sold, thus charging every purchaser for a Windows license.Xbox Live prohibited the use of the word "gay" back in 2009. Although seem to have repented now.As of May 2020, Microsoft announced that a number of its MSN contract journalists would be replaced by robot journalism, as a money saving exercise.
One for all and all for one
When you close your Microsoft account, your email and contacts are deleted from their servers and can't be recovered. Keep in mind if you use your Microsoft account with Xbox, Skype, OneDrive, or other Microsoft services, you'll no longer be able to access those services.
How did Microsoft monopolise the market?
Microsoft has had a strangle hold on the personal computer market for decades. It's greatest crime being it's flagrant monopolisation. But what exactly does this mean? A monopoly is a term used to refer to a market structure, where one entity, like a company, dominates the market with its products or services. A single company, like Microsoft, can enlarge hence dominating the entire market with a given product or service.
In Microsoft's case their flagship operating system Windows has been an automatic choice when purchasing a new PC for decades. The consumer is given little or no choice but to accept it or be alienated from the world arena due to the it's entrenched nature. So how can industry change happen? How do new businesses get a foothold in the market? Can true innovation really happen without independants challenging the status quo?
How many governments, economic markets, and insitutions are built upon Microsoft's intelectual property, none of which are open source? Can you imagine a world where Microsoft stopped support of products like Word or Excel? Economies would ultimately crumble, they know this, so they have no interest leaving space for healthy competition in the market. This has to stop. You can make the change!
For a much better definition of what monopoly looks like in practical terms see here.
Let's no forget Microsoft have been caught before!
What to do next?Rethink your relationship with Google.Tired of paying for Microsoft Office? Try using Libre Office.Switch to a privacy focused browser like Brave or try a tracking blocker.Use a non-tracking search engine like DuckDuckGo.Try a secure messaging app. Signal is a great choice.
Explore life without Windows. Try a new open source operating system.
Facebook is not your friend. DeleteFacebook.com
Microsoft in the newsMicrosoft Said to Be in Talks to Buy TikTok, as Trump Weighs Curtailing App (NY Times)The Microsoft Police State: Mass Surveillance, Facial Recognition, And The Azure Cloud (The Intercept)Microsoft Tried To Sell Facial Recognition Tech To The DEA Even As It Called For Regulation On Government Use (Forbes).Windows 10 Critical Exploit Now Confirmed, Months After Microsoft’s Emergency Update (Forbes).Microsoft is blocking the Windows 10 May 2020 Update on lots of devices (Verge)Meet the new Microsoft, same as the old Microsoft? (ZDNET).Microsoft 'to replace journalists with robots' (BBC)
Further readingCriticism of Microsoft (Wikipedia)Microsoft Corp. v. Commission (Wikipedia)United States v. Microsoft Corp. (Wikipedia)Richard Stallman
European Commission Decision relating to a proceeding under Article 82 of the EC Treaty(Case COMP/C-3/37.792 Microsoft)
If you want a deep dive into the European Commission's decsion regarding Microsoft the PDF is available here. Be warned this is a three hundred page document! Enjoy!
The day Microsoft makes a product that doesn't suck will be the day it starts selling hoovers. - Anon
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