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Where is Microsoft going?

This is not very nice if you value your privacy.

Windows XP shows the direction where Microsoft is going. I don’t want any software to connect to vendor’s computers, without me knowing it. Even for emergency situations that could possibly crash my PC, that will be my preference.

Windows XP connects to Microsoft’s computers in at least 18 ways. Microsoft Windows XP is dependent for its operation on other computers that the user does not own and cannot control.

Microsoft Office keeps a number in each file you create with Visual Basic macros that identifies your computer. Microsoft Office 97 keeps an identifying number even if there are no macros. (The free and excellent Open Office [] does not have this problem, even when it uses the Microsoft file formats.