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Despite previously installing the applications in the dead of night during the LFNZ and repeating the mantra - do not use the some of the online features over and over and over, chanting do not sign-in to Office Live, and then clicking my heels and chanting there's no place like home, they got me yesterday, when I caught a usage spike red-handed.
I'd mistakenly thought establishing the appropriate Windows Update option had me covered ("Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them" coupled with checking the Microsoft Update check box).
It doesn't appear Office 365 honors that check box, Instead, it appears you need to go to the Account Options in any one of the applications which offers a limited choice of enabling and disabling updates. The appropriate choice is disable - then you need to manually check for updates, and re-enable to allow updates, then re-disable after update completes - naturally all during the LNFZ unless of course on the "virtually unlimited" Freedom Plan.
Thank you Microsoft for making it so user friendly.
The data thieves are always lurking in the shadows...
P.S. All of the above is simply empirical observation on my part and some assumption since I'm intimately familiar with the "Click-to-Run Virtualization" technology being used here, and which is just a new fancier name for an older misnomer. I really don't have time to dig deeper into the issue - I'll eventually see if disabling actually works with the next round of updates, which if experience holds should be occurring in 3, 2, 1... YMMV.