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Local account vs MS Account

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    Local account vs MS Account


    DOn't know if this is the right category to post this in. I have been using a local account all along for Windows 8. But I noticed there are limitations as far as apps in store. My question is: If I switch to a MS account, what does Microsoft do with my information? For instance it seems that Google with Android watches every move and uses what I do for their own marketing purposes. How is it with Microsoft? Thanks for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gallicbear View Post
    DOn't know if this is the right category to post this in. I have been using a local account all along for Windows 8. But I noticed there are limitations as far as apps in store. My question is: If I switch to a MS account, what does Microsoft do with my information? For instance it seems that Google with Android watches every move and uses what I do for their own marketing purposes. How is it with Microsoft? Thanks for your help.
    I have been using MS account in my windows 8 for quite a while, and i didn't notice any ad-related marketing whenever i search on google or anything, and i'm honestly not sure if they're using it for other purposes than what they intended.
    what i do know is that MS accounts enable you to Synchronize PC settings across multiple PCs, a very useful option when switching between PCs, and allows you to download apps from the store*

    also, you might want to check this article from htg: HTG Explains: Microsoft Accounts vs. Local Accounts in Windows 8




    *technically you can download apps with local account, you just need to sign in every time you want to download something
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    Thanks for your input, SengenSoma5. I won't be as reluctant to use a MS account.
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