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Updategate: Microsoft said to be auto-creating Skype accounts in Windows 10


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#1 JohnC_21

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Posted 17 May 2016 - 11:46 AM

Still unconfirmed.

 

WE'RE FILING this one under 'unconfirmed reports' but, holy moly, if it turns out to be true, Updategate is about to ramp up a notch.

post on Betanews seems to suggest that Microsoft's latest trick in its attempts to 'respond to public demand' (i.e. meddle) is to create and log you into a Skype account based on your Windows account, automatically.

Mark Wilson explained: "While I don’t use Skype, I do have a Skype username from back in days gone by - but this wasn't the account Windows 10 told me I had been signed into. Rather it appeared that Microsoft had created a secondary Skype account for me (gee, thanks) based on my name and decided to randomly sign me in to foist the terrible messaging app on me. What gives?

 

"Despite my utter hatred of Skype, curiosity got the better of me and I clicked the notification to find out what the hell was going on. 'Say hello to the new Skype' screamed the screen that appeared. No. I'd already said goodbye ... or so I thought. 'We're getting the next version of Skype for Windows ready and we'd like you to give it a try today'.

"This would be fine if I had expressed even the slightest interest in Skype. But I haven't. In case it's not yet abundantly clear, I hate Skype with a boundless passion."

It seems that Microsoft is shifting up the annoyance factor a gear or seven in the run-up to the end of the trial year. On one hand, we accept that Skype is a part of Microsoft and that we have to get used to it. But Skype is an instant messenger, and instant messaging is a very personal thing.

 

 

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Posted 17 May 2016 - 12:57 PM

Where do these writers come from?   The fact that Microsoft creates an account, not unlike a Google Account that's used across all Google services, for all Microsoft Services, of which Skype is but one, is made pretty clear in the Microsoft Services Agreement, even if all you glance at is the first paragraph.  It's also equally clear that existing Skype Accounts are, effectively, a variant on a Microsoft Account in and of themselves.

 

This doesn't require wading through every page of the agreement.  It's right there in the preamble.  If you can't be bothered to look at even the preamble on something that's been there since day one, and write an article acting as though this is a scandal, well, I have no time to read you because you took no time to do any homework whatsoever.


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Posted 29 May 2016 - 02:31 PM

 I just checked my laptop.  Skype's not there.  I have a Dell laptop running Windows 10 Home version.  Winver says it's version 10586.318.  I'll check my 2 desktops that're running the latest insider version later, but this is the first I've heard about this.  It wouldn't do MS any good anyway because the first thing I did when I got this laptop was to disable the camera, microphone, and all the Privacy settings except Feedback and Diagnostics.


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Posted 29 May 2016 - 03:33 PM

 I just checked my laptop.  Skype's not there.  I have a Dell laptop running Windows 10 Home version.  Winver says it's version 10586.318.  I'll check my 2 desktops that're running the latest insider version later, but this is the first I've heard about this.  It wouldn't do MS any good anyway because the first thing I did when I got this laptop was to disable the camera, microphone, and all the Privacy settings except Feedback and Diagnostics.

 

 

If you go into Task Manager, go to processes and scroll through, I am pretty sure you will find Skype listed.


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Posted 29 May 2016 - 06:23 PM

 

 I just checked my laptop.  Skype's not there.  I have a Dell laptop running Windows 10 Home version.  Winver says it's version 10586.318.  I'll check my 2 desktops that're running the latest insider version later, but this is the first I've heard about this.  It wouldn't do MS any good anyway because the first thing I did when I got this laptop was to disable the camera, microphone, and all the Privacy settings except Feedback and Diagnostics.

 

 

If you go into Task Manager, go to processes and scroll through, I am pretty sure you will find Skype listed.

 

 

Nope.  This writer tries to create "-gates" every three minutes.  Your Microsoft account is, by its very nature, a Skype account too since Skype is a Microsoft Service.  You are not automatically logged in to Skype, Xbox, or most of the services listed in the Service Agreement.  OneDrive is an exception.

 

It has become ridiculous what certain quarters try to foist off as "the evil truth" that's anything but.


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Posted 30 May 2016 - 06:49 AM

Has this been happening to all sorts of windows 10 users, or just those with microsoft accounts? A think a bigger concern would be if people with local accounts were suddenly finding that an ms account has been made for them, has that been going on at all?
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Posted 30 May 2016 - 10:59 PM

Has this been happening to all sorts of windows 10 users, or just those with microsoft accounts? A think a bigger concern would be if people with local accounts were suddenly finding that an ms account has been made for them, has that been going on at all?

 

It hasn't been going on for either.  If any such thing had been going on for people with strictly local accounts I'd like to know how they'd even be able to do it, as the steps necessary to set up a Microsoft Account include providing an e-mail address and selecting a password.

 

All I can say is, "Hush, you're giving the ridiculous rumor mill its next idea!!"  It's had plenty enough of those already.


Edited by britechguy, 30 May 2016 - 11:00 PM.

Brian  AKA  Bri the Tech Guy (website in my user profile) - Windows 10 Home, 64-Bit, Version 1803, Build 17134 

     . . . the presumption of innocence, while essential in the legal realm, does not mean the elimination of common sense outside it.  The willing suspension of disbelief has its limits, or should.

    ~ Ruth Marcus,  November 10, 2017, in Washington Post article, Bannon is right: It’s no coincidence The Post broke the Moore story


 

 

 

              

 





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