Microsoft up to date its coverage phrases to specify it won’t permit cryptocurrency mining on its on-line providers with out prior approval.
The replace got here into impact on Dec. 1 and applies to all customers, together with Microsoft’s paid prospects. The Register was first to report the change.
The replace prohibits customers from mining — the method of verifying and including transaction data to proof-of-work blockchains — on Microsoft’s on-line providers, largely regarding its cloud platform Azure.
Microsoft’s up to date common license phrases beneath “accepted use coverage” states: “Neither Buyer, nor people who entry an On-line Service by means of Buyer, might use an On-line Service … to mine cryptocurrency with out Microsoft’s prior written approval.”
A publish shared with Azure customers listed the replace as one in all many actions made to “safe the accomplice ecosystem,” referring to accomplice companies that work to enroll software program purchasers to Azure’s cloud providers. Microsoft didn’t supply additional clarification within the publish.
The choice brings Microsoft in step with different tech giants like Google, which prohibits crypto mining on its cloud platform with out approval. Amazon Internet Providers additionally bans its free-tier customers from mining.