Microsoft® Office Activation
It is mandatory to enable a Microsoft® Office Activation in order to verify the authentication when an installation is undertaken with a genuine Microsoft® product. This has been confirmed by Microsoft®, and the software giant emphasizes on this point time and again to make it an essential component when doing the same. There is no loss of personal information nor is there the need to send the information across to Microsoft® since the activation will be completely anonymous.
During the course of the Microsoft Office activation, usually the product ID and a non-unique hardware identification are tabled across to Microsoft®. While the former is taken from the product key, used to install the software and a generic code signifying the version and language of Office being activated, the latter represents the configuration of a PC at the time of activation. There is no detail of any personal information in the hardware identification nor is there any information about other software or data inside a PC. Furthermore, there is also no information about the specific make or model of a PC. It detects only the PC and is deployed singularly for the purpose of activation.
PC configuration changes can be easily detected and accepted by Office. Unless there is a complete overhaul of a PC, minor upgrades do not need reactivation. There is no way Microsoft will share the information squeezed out from you nor will it be utilized for user identification. The information is confidential and preserved in a controlled environment. This information can be utilized only by selected Microsoft personnel for the purposes of validating the license of the product.
Once the Microsoft Office activation is completed, there will be an option to register the software with Microsoft®. This is different from activation. While the former is needed for a software to function properly, the latter is optional and is not binding. With registration, Microsoft® can send you customized information and offers with regard to future products. The registration will prompt a user to insert information in a number of fields like name, e-mail address, and other information. This information will be sent to Microsoft® and stored in a subscription profile database.
This subscription database is later used by the software giant to figure out your preference for product offers and services that may be to your liking. It will not share or sell the information encoded by the user with any third parties except with agents who offer services on behalf of Microsoft®.