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    Properties


    What this feature does
    Properties are a set of information that allows you to quickly search and organize your files. They can also be used by applications to perform application-specific tasks (for example, to correct the exposure of a picture). Some properties are intrinsic to the file (for example, the size of the file) while others may be specific to an application or device (for example, the settings of your camera when you took a picture). You can see the properties for your files and for some properties, you can choose the information that they contain. For example, you might want to change or remove keywords or comments before sharing your files with someone else.

    Information collected, processed or transmitted
    The type of information collected will depend upon the type of file and the applications that use it. Examples of properties include file name, date modified, file size, author, keywords, and comments. Properties are stored in the file, and they move with the file if it is moved or copied to another location, such as a file share, or sent as an e-mail attachment.

    Use of information
    Properties can help you more quickly search and organize your files. They can also be used by applications to perform application-specific tasks (for example, to correct the exposure of a picture). Properties are not sent to Microsoft unless you choose to send a file to Microsoft.

    Choice and control
    You can edit or remove some properties for a file using the preview pane in Windows Explorer, or by right-clicking a file, and then clicking Properties. Some intrinsic properties, such as date modified, file size, file name, and some application-specific properties cannot be removed this way. For application-specific properties, you can edit or remove them only if the program used to generate the file supports these features. For more information about changing or removing file properties, see Windows Help and Support.

    Registration


    What this feature does
    Registration of your Windows Vista software is optional and can be done at any time. You can register to get tips, creative hints, and other information that will help you get the most out of Windows Vista.

    Information collected, processed or transmitted
    To complete the registration process, we will ask you to provide some information about yourself, such as your name, e-mail address, and country or region. In addition, we will automatically send some information about your computer, such as the version of Windows that you're running, type of computer hardware, and a portion of your product key.

    Use of information
    The information collected will be used to help us better understand your needs, and to provide you with information about Windows Vista. The partial product key information is used to identify the computer manufacturer and the channel you purchased your computer from. The partial product key cannot be used to uniquely identify your computer. For more information about the privacy of your registration information, including how to update it, read the Microsoft Online Privacy Statement at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=75734.

    Choice and control
    You can access Windows Vista online registration in the Welcome Center under System and Maintenance in Control Panel. To update your registration information, follow the instructions for updating your profile that are provided in the Microsoft Online Privacy Statement at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=75734.

    Rights Management Services (RMS) Client


    What this feature does
    Rights Management Services (RMS) Client software is information protection technology that works with RMS enabled applications to help safeguard digital information from unauthorized use—both online and offline and inside and outside of a firewall. You can define how recipients can use the information contained in a file, such as who can open, modify, print, forward, or take other actions with the file. In order to create or view a file with restricted permissions, your computer must be running an RMS enabled application and have access to an RMS server.

    Information collected, processed or transmitted
    RMS uses your e-mail address to identify you. Your e-mail address will be stored on your computer in use licenses and identity certificates created by an RMS server. Identity certificates and use licenses are transferred to and from RMS servers. If your computer is part of an enterprise or networked environment, the RMS server is typically owned by and located within the enterprise. If you are using Windows Live services, the server will be an RMS server at Microsoft. Your e-mail address is also stored on the RMS server. Information that is sent to Microsoft RMS servers is sent using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

    Use of information
    The use license allows you to access protected information. The identity certificate is used to identify you to an RMS server, and it allows you to protect information and access protected information.

    Choice and control
    RMS Client features are not enabled by default and you can choose not to enable or use them. However, if you do not enable them, you will not be able to open files with restricted permissions.

    Speech Recognizer


    What this feature does
    Microsoft Speech Recognizer for Windows provides speech recognition within Windows and any applications that choose to use it. Speech recognition by the Microsoft Speech Recognizer will increase in accuracy when adaptation is enabled. Adaptation increases speech recognition accuracy by learning how you speak, including the sounds and words you like to use, the relative frequency of your words, and the way you use grammar.

    Microsoft Speech Recognizer also uses a User Lexicon. The User Lexicon contains a list of words and their pronunciations. When you choose to add a new word using the Speech Dictionary, or to add a new pronunciation to an existing word, the entry is saved in the User Lexicon. If you are a Tablet PC user, words that you add for handwriting recognition are also added to the User Lexicon.



    Information collected, processed or transmitted
    When adaptation is enabled, text that you author in documents on your system is collected and stored, typically in three-word fragments, along with corrections that you make while using speech to dictate. Additionally, you may add specific words to your User Lexicon by using the Speech Dictionary.

    This information is stored in your personal speech profile. Speech Profiles are stored for each user, and users are not able to access the profiles of other users on the computer. Administrators can access any profile on the computer. The information is not sent to Microsoft.



    Use of information
    Microsoft Speech Recognizer uses words from the User Lexicon during dictation. The Speech Recognizer also learns about your language use by analyzing text that you have authored. In addition, analysis is done on corrections you make while using speech to dictate, and probability weightings are determined for the words you use. This allows for more accurate speech recognition.

    Choice and control
    All users can enable or disable adaptation in the Speech Recognition feature. Additionally, you may delete your speech profile (and most adaptation data) by using the advanced Speech Recognition options in Ease of Access in Control Panel. You can also use the Change existing words option in the Speech Dictionary to delete words that you’ve added to the User Lexicon. Deleting your Speech Profile does not delete your User Lexicon. If you use your user profile on other computers, any user-specific words you may have added might be stored on the other computer unless you delete them.
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