Re: America's increasing isolation (@ AC)
MS did give an assurance on both counts. Unlike Google, MS EU is (on paper) totally independent from MS USA and licenses the name, etc. MS went to a fair bit of effort to try and ensure protection of EU personal data against judicial overreach from the outset, unlike Google.
Well, no, that's the impression Microsoft is trying to give, but I've demonstrated a few weeks ago that that is at least partially a fabrication. Their so-called "EU only" services also use US based infrastructure, and I demonstrated this using a government level service, well beyond any anti-terror excuse they could use at consumer level.
If your business requires privacy, trusting Microsoft without doing your own audit is a mistake. Given that the fines are going up for privacy breaches this could become a rather costly mistake.