Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Microsoft forced a Windows 10 PC to restart and installed more unwanted apps


I left the computer for dinner, The Verge.. When I returned, I couldn’t believe my eyes.

Windows 10 restarted the computer without permission. This is to install yet another forced OS update on the solid state drive.

The crazy part: it’s included now when my machine finishes rebooting The exact thing I was writing Before I’m rudely disturbed. Microsoft had unsolicited and unnecessary web app versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook installed on the computer.

Seriously, the story you’re reading now started as a news post about what’s happening. Other Man.
Screenshot: Sean Hollister / The Verge

OK, not as bad as when the entire computer screen was hijacked by an unwanted copy of Microsoft Edge. It was really terrible..

No, this time Microsoft just sneaks into a PC with unwanted web apps and uses the Windows 10 Start menu as a free advertising space. Did you mention that the Microsoft Office app icon magically appears in the Start menu even though you have never installed Office on this computer?

The new Start menu contains shortcuts to Microsoft apps you’ve never installed
Screenshot: Sean Hollister / The Verge

By the way, these are not completely free copies of Office. These are just shortcuts to a web version that is already accessible in any web browser of your choice, and also act as an ad to pay for a more complete copy.

Since these are web apps, they don’t take up computer space and can be the Start menu. They are one of the most unpleasant bloatware I’ve seen and never actually see the Start menu anyway. The taskbar and search bar were sufficient.

Nonetheless, these are the latest evidence that Microsoft doesn’t respect ownership of their PCs, and the latest examples of Microsoft installing whatever they like on Windows Update. To bloat wear, And Microsoft’s latest example emphasizes revenue over whether it’s a small number of people May lose their job When Windows suddenly shuts down your PC. Fortunately, I didn’t lose my job today, but recently my friend lost.

Microsoft seems to think that our computer is a free advertising space, a place where we can advertise other products on our own. In the 90’s it was said that even bundling a web browser wasn’t OK. Currently, a browser that cannot be uninstalled and a set of PWA web apps that launch in the same browser are bundled. (Yes, Edge will launch even if you have a different browser set by default.)

As I discussed earlier, such a decision undermines one good The argument that Microsoft actually has about the required updates — they are to provide important security patches that keep your computer (you and others) safe. If the most visible difference after a new update is an attempt to make more money, it’s a harder argument!

favorite ZDNet Veteran Microsoft Reporter Mary Jo Foley Note, This is not just an experiment done on some Windows Insiders. You have not signed up for the Windows Insider program on this PC. The company hasn’t yet responded to Foley’s request for comment, but let’s see if that changes next week.

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