When Word asks to send your words to Microsoft – should you do it?
You may see a window like this pop up in Word.
Presumably these ‘help us’ windows appear for many languages supported by Microsoft directly.
What’s sent are single lines, out of their original context. Digits are replaced with zeros (see the ‘Larger drives….’ lines above).
Select a line and click ‘Delete Line’ if you want to remove it from the list sent to Microsoft.
Frankly, when we look through the lines that Microsoft wants, there are some we don’t recognize at all! Most likely they are text that’s been pasted into a Word document or Outlook email.
“Send Now” or “Don’t Send”?
It all depends on how much you trust Microsoft.
We’d like to say you should choose ‘Send Now’ and contribute to making Word better, but past experience doesn’t give us a lot of confidence in how the data is used.
If your business has no relation to computers or software then Microsoft staff are unlikely to be interested. But anyone in the IT world should think twice about revealing anything to Microsoft.
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