What this feature does Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) is used with East Asian languages to convert keyboard input to ideograms. The learning feature of IME for Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Japanese may record words or word pairs to improve the selection of the ideograms displayed.
Information collected, processed or transmitted The IME learning feature records a word or word pair and their associated scores as a result of user operations. This information (excluding any digit/symbol character sequences) is stored in the user dictionary for each user on the computer. IME does not send the information to Microsoft.
Use of information Learning data is used by IME on your system, and may also be referenced by Microsoft Office proofing tools. No information is sent to Microsoft.
Choice and control The learning feature can be disabled by turning off the IME feature. The learning feature can also be enabled but configured not to write to the user dictionary.
IME Word Registration (available in Japanese IME only)
What this feature does You can use word registration to report unsupported words (words that might not be converted correctly to ideograms from keyboard input).
Information collected, processed or transmitted Word registration reports can include the information you provide in the Add Word dialog box about the words being reported, and the software version number for IME. Personal information might unintentionally be collected, but Microsoft does not use the information to identify you or contact you. You will have the opportunity to review the data being sent with each report before you choose to send it.
Use of information Word registration reports are sent to Microsoft using the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol. Microsoft uses the information to help improve IME.
Choice and control Each time a word registration report is generated, you are asked if you want to send this report to Microsoft. You may view the information contained in the report before choosing whether to send it. In an enterprise environment, administrators can use Group Policy to configure word registration reporting. Group Policy configuration options include the ability to completely turn off reporting, or to redirect reports to another server. For more information about using Group Policy to configure reporting, see Using Windows Vista: Controlling Communication with the Internet at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=77931.
Installation Improvement Program
What this feature does If you choose to participate in the Installation Improvement Program, the feature sends a single report to Microsoft. The report contains basic information about your computer and how you installed Windows Vista. We use this information to help improve the installation experience and to create solutions to common installation problems.
Information collected, processed or transmitted The report generally includes information about your installation and setup experience, such as the date of installation, the time it took for each installation phase to complete, whether the installation was an upgrade or a new installation of the product, version details, operating system language, media type, computer configuration, and success or failure status, along with any error codes.
The report is sent to Microsoft when you are connected to the Internet. This report does not contain contact information, such as your name, address, or phone number. A globally unique identifier (GUID) is generated and sent with the report. The GUID is a randomly generated number that uniquely identifies your computer; it does not contain personal information.
Use of information Microsoft uses the report to improve our software installation experience. We use the GUID to correlate this data with data collected by the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP), a program you can choose to participate in when you are using Windows Vista. This GUID enables us to distinguish how widespread the feedback we receive is and how to prioritize it. For example, the GUID allows Microsoft to distinguish between one customer experiencing a problem 100 times and 100 customers experiencing the same problem once. Microsoft will not use the information in the report to identify you or contact you.
For more information, see these frequently asked questions about the Microsoft Customer Experience Program online at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52095.
Choice and control You can choose to participate in this program when you set up Windows Vista.
What this feature does Internet printing makes it possible for computers running Windows Vista to use printers located anywhere in the world by sending print jobs using Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP).
Information collected, processed or transmitted When you print using this feature, you must first connect and authenticate yourself to an Internet print server. The information that you will need to submit to the print server will vary depending on the level of security that the print server supports (for example, you might be asked to provide a user name and password). Once you are connected, you are presented with a list of available printers. If your machine does not have a print driver for your selected printer, you may choose to download a driver from the print server. If you choose to use a print server hosted by Microsoft, Microsoft does not use the information that you provide to identify you or contact you.
Use of information The information collected enables you to print using remote printers. If you send information to third-party print servers, use of the information will be subject to the third party's privacy practices.
Choice and control You can enable or disable Internet printing by using the advanced options for Windows Features in Control Panel.