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Microsoft gives users options for Office data slurpage – Basic or Full

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Would you like to send all or some telemetry back to the Windows goliath?

Microsoft is rolling out an update to Office products to introduce Windows 10-style telemetry data slurping.

With a certain piece of European legislation around the corner concerning privacy, the timing is interesting to say the least.

El Reg was last week informed by a reader that the standalone version of Word 2016 had begun displaying a message forcing users to “Share how you use Office” with options to send Full or Basic diagnostic data back to Microsoft's servers in a manner very reminiscent of Windows 10.

Complaints then surfaced on Twitter that the same thing had begun appearing on the macOS version of the productivity suite.

Microsoft Word 2016 for MAC, no option to send NO diagnostic data.

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