Microsoft’s New Activity Policy Will Delete Inactive Accounts Starting August 30

Microsoft Corporate Vice President Michael Fortin talks to a delegate at the opening of the Microsoft Corp; Africa development centre (ADC) in Nairobi
Microsoft Corporate Vice President Michael Fortin talks to a delegate at the opening of the Microsoft Corp; Africa development centre (ADC) in Nairobi, Kenya May 14, 2019. (Photo: REUTERS/Stringer)

Microsoft announced today that it recently revised its account activity privacy policy. With the new policy, the Redmond-based tech titan will close all inactive accounts by the end of August, specifically by August 30. According to Microsoft, to keep the accounts active and to prevent it from getting closed users must keep it active.

The revised and updated new account policy suggests that any account will be considered inactive if the user has not signed in to the Microsoft account at least once in a couple of year period. It seems that the Redmond-based tech titan has already begun the process of investigating the accounts created by users that have been left dormant for a long time. With the revised policy, Microsoft could start sending information to users of Live, Microsoft, Xbox, Outlook, and Skype and several other platforms of the company.

The amended policy states that Microsoft accounts that have remained unused for a long time will be treated as inactive and the company will start deleting it. For users who have not used their Microsoft accounts but wished to keep it active, now is the best time to log in. The company might now require users to go through some identification verification processes for security purposes and in order to re-establish the identity and authenticity of the user.

Aside from the prerequisite mentioned earlier, Microsoft has several other pre-requisites to make sure that only legitimate and dormant accounts are flagged inactive and deleted eventually. Simply put, several rules of exception will ensure accounts will not be easily labeled as inactive or dormant even if the user has not logged in to the Microsoft account for a considerable length of time.

Microsoft's revised account policy appears to be the company's measure to ensure security among its members. This is because dormant accounts could potentially result in multiple security issues, which includes account take over. Although most of us would not care about our two decades old Hotmail account, the tendency to use the password once again or a variation of the old password or old accounts could end up giving birth to more grave and serious issues.

To get a clearer picture of the revised new account policy of Microsoft, you can visit the Microsoft account management site to verify the status of your account. If you do not care at all, Microsoft will make sure that your account will be taken care of by August 30.

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