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Terms of Use

Welcome to TechBeacon.com, a content and media website owned by Micro Focus.

These Terms of Use (“These Terms”) are a legal contract between You and Micro Focus (collectively, “Everyone”) and govern Your use of this website, and all the text, data, information, graphics, photographs, and more (all of which We refer to as “Materials”) that Micro Focus and its Subsidiaries may make available to You, as well as any services We may provide through this website (all of which are referred to in These Terms as “This Website”).

Read these terms carefully before browsing this website. Using this website indicates that you have both read and accepted these terms. You cannot use this website if you do not accept these terms. 

Accessing This Website

When You access This Website, You are responsible for complying with These Terms as well as any and all use of This Website through any account that You may setup through or on This Website; some Materials will only be available to You if You have an account.  You agree to provide true, accurate, current, and complete information for so long as You use This Website.  Because it is Your account, it is Your responsibility to obtain and maintain all equipment, services, and software needed for access to and use of This Website as well as paying related charges.  It is also Your responsibility to maintain the confidentiality of Your password(s).  Should You believe Your password or other security information for This Website has been breached in any way, You must immediately notify Us.

Sometimes, We collect certain personal information about You solely in connection with Your access and use of This Website. Micro Focus's use of that information is governed by the provisions of the company's software online privacy statement.

We reserve the right to require that You change Your password or restrict Your access to This Website as We deem reasonably necessary. 

Your Permitted Use of This Website

You are invited to use This Website for Your personal and business purposes (“Permitted Uses”).

We hereby grant You a limited, personal, non-exclusive and non-transferable license to use and to display the Materials. Your right to use the Materials is conditioned on Your compliance with These Terms.  You have no other rights in This Website or any Materials and you may not modify, edit, copy, reproduce, create derivative works of, reverse engineer, alter, enhance or in any way exploit any of This Website or Materials in any manner.

If you make copies of any of This Website while engaging in Permitted Uses we require that You please keep all of Micro Focus’s copyright and other proprietary notices as they appear on This Website.  

Unauthorized Use of This Website, Acceptable Use Policy

We authorize Your limited use of This Website.  Any other use of This Website beyond the Permitted Uses is prohibited and, therefore, constitutes unauthorized use of This Website.  This is because all rights in This Website remain the property of Micro Focus.

Unauthorized use of This Website may result in violation of various United States and international copyright laws.  We do not want that to happen and, therefore, We have given You examples of things to avoid in Our Acceptable Use Policy found here Micro Focus software Acceptable Use Policy.  You must follow Micro Focus's Acceptable Use Policy whenever you use This Website or any services offered from This Website.

Terminating Your Use of This Website

We or You may terminate Your use of This Website at any time.  Your use of This Website will automatically terminate in the event You breach any of These Terms.  To clarify:

  • Unless We otherwise agree with You in writing, We may terminate, suspend, or modify Your registration with, or access to, all or part of This Website, without notice, at any time and for any reason.
  • You may discontinue Your access to and use of This Website at any time.

In the event of an automatic termination for breach, You must immediately destroy any downloaded or printed materials (and any copies thereof).




THIS MEANS THAT MICRO FOCUS DOES NOT PROMISE YOU THAT THE WEBSITE IS FREE OF PROBLEMS.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Micro Focus makes no warranty that This Website will meet your requirements or that This Website will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error free or that defects in This Website will be corrected. Micro Focus makes no warranty as to the results that may be obtained from the use of This Website or as to the accuracy or reliability of any information obtained through This Website. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by you through This Website or from Micro Focus, its subsidiaries, or other affiliated companies, or its or their suppliers (or the respective officers, directors, employees, or agents of any such entities) (collectively, "The Micro Focus Parties") shall create any warranty. Micro Focus disclaims all equitable indemnities.

Limitation of Liability


EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS: Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of certain warranties or the limitation or exclusion of liability for certain damages. Therefore, some of the above disclaimers and limitations of liability may not apply to You. To the extent The Micro Focus Parties may not, as a matter of applicable law, disclaim any implied warranty or limit its liabilities, the scope and duration of such warranty and the amount of The Micro Focus Party's liability shall be limited to the minimum amount permitted under such applicable law.

Micro Focus May Modify This Website

Micro Focus reserves the right to modify, suspend, or discontinue This Website at any time without notice to You.  We would, however, like You to be aware of the following:

  • Micro Focus may make changes to This Website, or to the articles and contributor info described in This Website, at any time without notice.
  • This Website may be out of date and Micro Focus makes no commitment whatsoever to update This Website.
  • Information published on This Website may refer to products, programs, or services that are not available in your country.

We suggest You consult Your local Micro Focus business contact for information regarding the products, programs, and services that may be available to You via This Website.

Your Submission(s) to This Website

Certain areas of This Website (e.g., comments, contributor application form) may permit You to submit feedback, information, data, text, photographs, messages, links to personal websites or social media profile pages or other materials (each, a "User Submission").  You agree that You are solely responsible for all of your User Submissions and that any such User Submission is considered both non-confidential and non-proprietary.  Further, Micro Focus does not guarantee that You will have any recourse through Micro Focus or any third party to edit or delete any User Submission You have submitted.

By submitting any User Submission, You represent and warrant that:

  1. You are at least 13 years old;
  2. You own all rights in Your User Submissions (including, without limitation, all rights to the audio, video, or digital recording and the performance contained in your User Submissions) or, alternatively, You have acquired all necessary rights in Your User Submissions to enable You to grant to Micro Focus the rights in Your User Submissions as described in These Terms;
  3. You have paid and will pay in full all license fees, clearance fees, and other financial obligations, of any kind, arising from any use or commercial exploitation of Your User Submissions;
  4. You are the individual pictured and/or heard in Your User Submissions or, alternatively, You have obtained permission from each person (including consent from parents or guardians for any individual under the age of eighteen (18)) who appears and/or is heard in Your User Submissions to grant the rights to Micro Focus as described in These Terms;
  5. Your User Submissions do not infringe the copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or other intellectual property rights, privacy rights, or any other legal or moral rights of any third party;
  6. You voluntarily agree to waive all "moral rights" that You may have in your User Submission;
  7. Any information contained in Your User Submission is not known by You to be false, inaccurate, or misleading;
  8. Your User Submission does not violate any Law (including, but not limited to, those governing export control, consumer protection, unfair competition, anti-discrimination, or false advertising);
  9. Your User Submission is not, and may not reasonably be considered to be, defamatory, libelous, hateful, racially, ethnically, religiously, or otherwise biased or offensive, unlawfully threatening, or unlawfully harassing to any individual, partnership, or corporation, vulgar, pornographic, obscene, or invasive of another's privacy;
  10. You were not and will not be compensated or granted any consideration by any third party for submitting your User Submission;
  11. Your User Submission does not incorporate materials from a third party web site, or addresses, email addresses, contact information, or phone numbers (other than Your own);
  12. Your User Submission does not contain any viruses, worms, spyware, adware, or other potentially damaging programs or files;
  13. Your User Submission does not contain any information that You consider confidential, proprietary, or personal; and
  14. Your User Submission does not contain or constitute any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, junk mail, spam, chain letters, pyramid schemes, or any other form of solicitation.

By submitting a User Submission, You grant to Micro Focus an irrevocable, perpetual, transferable, non-exclusive, fully-paid, worldwide, royalty-free license (sublicensable through multiple tiers) to:

  1. Use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, publicly perform, and publicly display Your User Submissions (or any modification thereto), in whole or in part, in any format or medium now known or later developed;
  2. Use (and permit others to use) Your User Submission in any manner and for any purpose (including, without limitation, commercial purposes) that Micro Focus deems appropriate in its sole discretion (including, without limitation, to incorporate Your User Submission or any modification thereto, in whole or in part, into any technology, product, or service);
  3. Display advertisements in connection with Your User Submissions and to use Your User Submissions for advertising and promotional purposes.

Micro Focus may, but is not obligated to, pre-screen User Submissions or monitor any area of This Website through which User Submissions may be submitted. Micro Focus is not required to host, display, or distribute any User Submissions on or through This Website and may remove at any time or refuse any User Submissions for any reason. Micro Focus is not responsible for any loss, theft, or damage of any kind to any User Submissions. Further, You agree that Micro Focus may freely disclose your User Submission to any third party absent any obligation of confidence on the part of the recipient.

Links To Third-Party Websites

We think links are convenient, and so We have provided links on This Website to third-party websites.  If You use these links, You will leave This Website. Micro Focus is not obligated to review any third-party websites that You link to from This Website, does not control any of the third-party websites, and is not responsible for any of the third-party websites (or the products, services, or content available through any of them). Thus, Micro Focus does not endorse or make any representations about such third-party websites, any information, software, products, services, or materials found there or any results that may be obtained from using them. If You decide to access any of the third-party websites linked to from This Website, You do so entirely at Your own risk and You shall be deemed subject to the privacy policies and terms and conditions for those third-party websites; These Terms are not applicable to Your use of any such third-party websites.

Linking To This Website

Again, because We think links are convenient, We allow You to create links to This Website from other websites.  Unless an express agreement states otherwise, You must comply with the following terms and all applicable laws if You provide anyone with a link to This Website:

  1. You may link to, but may not copy, any Materials;
  2. You shall not create a browser or border environment around any Materials;
  3. You shall not imply that Micro Focus endorses or is affiliated with any such website that links to This Website or any products, services, or content available through that website;
  4. You shall not misrepresent Your relationship with TechBeacon.com or Micro Focus;
  5. You shall not present false or misleading information about Micro Focus its products, or its services;
  6. The website that links to This Website shall not contain content that could be construed as distasteful, offensive, or controversial; and
  7. The website that links to This Website shall contain only content that is appropriate for all age groups.

U.S. Government Restricted Rights

Any Materials that are downloaded by or on behalf of the United States of America, its agencies, and/or instrumentalities (“U.S. Government”), are subject to the provisions of FAR 12.211 – “Technical Data”, and FAR 12.212 – “Computer Software” , or to clauses providing Micro Focus equivalent protections in DFARS or other agency specific regulations.

International and Export Issues

Micro Focus administers This Website from its offices in Sunnyvale, California. Micro Focus makes no representation that This Website is appropriate or available for use outside the United States and access to This Website from territories where its contents are illegal or restricted is prohibited.

Access of This Website from outside the United States is done at Your own initiation and You are responsible for compliance with applicable Laws.

You agree to comply with all export and re-export restrictions and regulations of the Department of Commerce and any other United States or foreign agencies and authorities in connection with Your use of the Micro Focus Websites and to not, in violation of any Laws, transfer, or authorize the transfer, of any Materials to a prohibited country or otherwise in violation of any Laws. In particular, but without limitation, the Materials may not, in violation of any Laws, be exported or re-exported:

  1. Into any U.S. embargoed countries  or
  2. To anyone on the U.S. Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Nationals or the U.S. Commerce Department’s Table of Deny Orders or U.S. Department of Commerce Entity List of proliferation concern , or the US State Department Debarred Parties List .

By using any Materials subject to any such restrictions and regulations, You represent and warrant that You are not located in, under the control of, or a national or resident of any such country or on any such list.


You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless The Micro Focus Parties from and against any and all claims, liabilities, damages, losses, costs, expenses, or fees (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) that such parties may incur as a result of or arising from Your (or anyone using your account’s) violation of These Terms. Micro Focus reserves the right to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by You and, in such case, You agree to cooperate with Micro Focus’s defense of such claim.

Electronic Communications

When you visit This Website or send e-mails to TechBeacon or Micro Focus, You are communicating with Micro Focus electronically. We may respond to You by e-mail or by posting notices on This Website. You agree that all such notices, disclosures, and other communications that Micro Focus provides to You electronically satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing.


Unless otherwise specified in These Terms, all Materials, as well as the arrangement of them on This Website are Our sole property, Copyright © [dates of creation] Micro Focus  All rights not expressly granted herein are reserved.  Except as otherwise required or limited by applicable law, any reproduction, distribution, modification, retransmission, or publication of any copyrighted material is strictly prohibited without the express written consent of the copyright owner or license.

Entire Agreement for Everyone

These Terms, together with any additional terms to which You agree when using particular elements of This Website, constitute the entire and exclusive and final statement of the agreement as between Everyone with respect to the subject-matter hereof, superseding any prior agreements or negotiations between You and Micro Focus with respect to the same. The Micro Focus Parties are third party beneficiaries with respect to the provisions in these Terms that reference them.

Governing Law

These Terms shall be governed by the laws of the State of California as applied to agreements made, entered into, and performed entirely in California by California residents, notwithstanding Your actual place of residence or business. The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods and the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act shall not apply to these Terms.  All lawsuits arising from or relating to These Terms or Your use of This Website shall be brought in the Federal or State courts located in Santa Clara County, California, and You hereby irrevocably submit to the exclusive personal jurisdiction of such courts for such purpose.


The failure of Micro Focus to exercise or enforce any right or provision of These Terms shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of These Terms is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, You nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the intentions of Micro Focus and You as reflected in the provision, and that the other provisions of These Terms remain in full force and effect. The section titles in These Terms are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect. These Terms shall remain in full force and effect notwithstanding any termination of Your use of This Website. These Terms will be interpreted without application of any strict construction in favor of or against You or Micro Focus. These Terms, and any rights and licenses granted here under, may not be transferred or assigned by You, but may be assigned by Micro Focus without restriction.

California Consumer Notice

Under California Civil Code Section 1789.3, California users are entitled to the following consumer rights notice: This Website is provided by Micro Focus.  If you have a question or complaint regarding This Website, please contact us by writing at techbeacon@microfocus.com. California residents may reach the Complaint Assistance Unit of the Division of Consumer Services of the California Department of Consumer Affairs by post at 1625 North Market Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95834 or by telephone at (916) 445-1254 or (800) 952-5210 or Hearing Impaired at TDD (800) 326-2297 or TDD (916) 322-1700.

How Micro Focus uses automatic data collection tools

The following sections provide additional information about commonly-used web technology tools.


A “cookie” is a small data file transferred by a website to your computer’s hard drive. Micro Focus or its service providers send cookies when you surf our site or sites where our ads appear, make purchases, request or personalize information, or register yourself for certain services. Accepting the cookies used on our site, sites that are “powered by” another company on Micro Focus’s behalf, or sites where our ads appear may give us access to information about your browsing behavior, which we may use to personalize your experience. Cookies are typically classified as either “session” cookies or “persistent” cookies.

  • Session cookies do not stay on your computer after you close your browser.
  • Persistent cookies remain on your computer until you delete them or they expire. Most browsers automatically accept cookies by default, but you can usually refuse cookies or selectively accept cookies by adjusting the preferences in your browser. If you turn off cookies, there may be some features of our site that will not be available to you and some Web pages may not display properly.

In certain countries, you may also adjust your techbeacon.com, and associated cookie preferences by using a preference manager tool in this Statement which is available from the site you are visiting.

You can find information on popular browsers and how to adjust your cookie preferences in the help and support section of your browser.

From time to time, Micro Focus will use Flash local shared objects (LSOs) to store Flash content information and preferences. LSOs perform similar functions to HTML browser cookies and deposit small files on your computer, which are commonly called Flash cookies. Flash cookies are different from browser cookies and cookie management tools provided by your browser may not remove Flash cookies. To learn more about Flash Cookies and how to manage the related privacy and storage settings, please visit the Adobe Systems website.

Web beacons

Some techbeacon.com and third-party web pages, applications, and HTML-formatted email use Web beacons alone or in conjunction with cookies to compile information about your website usage and your interaction with email, as well as to measure performance on techbeacon.com, applications, and websites “powered by” another company on Micro Focus’s behalf. A web beacon is an electronic image, called a single-pixel (1x1) or clear GIF. Web beacons can recognize certain types of information on your computer such as cookies, the time and date of a page viewed, and a description of the page where the web beacon is placed. Depending on the context, web beacons may also refer to content on a third-party server, and may be used by service providers to deliver relevant advertising to you.

You may be able to disable web beacons in email messages by not downloading images contained in the message you receive (this feature varies depending on the email software used on your personal computer). However, doing this may not always disable a web beacon or other automatic data collection tools in the email message due to specific email software capabilities. For more information about this, please refer to the information provided by your email software or service provider.

If you choose to receive marketing emails or newsletters from Micro Focus as specified in Your choices and selecting your privacy preferences, Micro Focus may automatically collect personal information about you. For example, through web beacons and personalized URLs embedded in these emails or newsletters, Micro Focus can track whether you’ve opened those messages and whether you’ve clicked on links contained within those messages. For more information on embedded web links, see below.

Embedded Web links

Emails from Micro Focus, Internet keyboard keys pre-configured by Micro Focus, and promotional icons preinstalled on your PC desktop often use links designed to lead you to a relevant area on the Web, after redirection through Micro Focus’s servers. The redirection system allows Micro Focus to change the destination URL of these links, if necessary, and to determine the effectiveness of our marketing initiatives.

In emails, such web links may also allow Micro Focus to determine whether you have clicked a link in an email, and this information about the interaction may be connected to your personal identity. If you do not want Micro Focus to collect information about the links that you click, you can:

  • change your choice about how you receive communications from Micro Focus (i.e. choose a text-based version of the message where available) or choose not to click links in an email that Micro Focus sends
  • delete the promotional icons preinstalled by Micro Focus on your PC desktop or choose not to click on those
  • reconfigure the Internet keyboard keys on certain PC models to launch a destination URL of your choice by using the instructions provided with your PC

Micro Focus ads and offerings on third-party websites

Micro Focus contracts with service providers to place ads on websites owned by third parties. In addition, some websites may be “powered by” a service provider to provide Micro Focus offers on Micro Focus’s behalf. These service providers may send cookies from and use web beacons on these third-party websites and on techbeacon.com or microfocus.com. The cookies and web beacons may enable Micro Focus to collect information about the pages you viewed and the links you clicked.

Most web browsers offer you the ability to inform websites and ad networks that you do not want your online activities tracked through a “Do Not Track” feature.

You can learn more about network advertising and how to opt out by visiting http://www.aboutads.info

Micro Focus May Modify These Terms of Use

Micro Focus may, in its sole and absolute discretion, change These Terms (including any other documents that are referenced in or linked to from These Terms) from time to time. Micro Focus will post notice of such changes on This Website as applicable. If You object to any such changes, Your sole recourse shall be to cease using This Website. Continued use of This Website following notice of any such changes shall indicate Your acknowledgment of such changes and agreement to be bound by the terms and conditions of such changes. Certain provisions of These Terms may be superseded by expressly-designated legal notices or terms located on particular pages of This Website and, in such circumstances, the expressly-designated legal notice or term shall be deemed to be incorporated into These Terms and to supersede the provision(s) of These Terms that are designated as being superseded.

Revised November 10, 2021