After irritating users with forceful suggestions of Edge browser, Microsoft is now seen promoting it’s apps on Windows 11.
As per a tweet from an Insider MVP, the recent dev channel of Windows 11 has an ad promoting Microsoft Editor in the File Explorer section. Also, another user mentioned Microsoft suggesting he viewed PowerPoint templates in Office.com.
Microsoft Self-Promotions in Windows 11
The Microsoft community has already been vexed up with the company’s actions, like forcing them to use Microsoft apps and bugs in almost every update. And instead of understanding, Microsoft is seen testing new ad placements in specific sections of Windows 11.
This comes from Florian B, a Windows Insider MVP. As per a screenshot shared by him, the File Explorer section of Windows 11 Insider build 22572 is seen having a banner ad placed at the top, asking users to try Microsoft Editor for error-free content. Microsoft Editor is a grammar correction and proofreading tool similar to Grammarly.
Some people will go mad if Microsoft starts adding ads in explorer. pic.twitter.com/rusnyrYyX2
— Florian (@flobo09) March 12, 2022
Once activated, Microsoft Editor will look up the sentences and words to find mistakes, and suggest relevant replacements. This is helpful while you’re texting someone or typing something in Word. Even though it’s disappointing that Microsoft is aggressively leaning onto ads, it’s good that it’s placing them in relevant sections.
For example, the ad for trying Microsoft Editor is shown only when the user is in the Documents folder of File Explorer. Yet, it’s still annoying! Further, there’s yet another user who replied in Florian’s tweet that, he was suggested to lookup PowerPoint templates through Office.com.
This seemed unreasonable. Since both Windows and Office suite are commercial services, promoting ads within them isn’t acceptable. Well, it’s just a matter of time we may see more ads coming to Windows 11, and have very hard options to block them.
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