Microsoft displays ads on Windows 10 File Explorer

Microsoft doesn't want anyone to forget that yes, they have their own cloud storage service. (Source: The Verge)
Microsoft doesn't want anyone to forget that yes, they have their own cloud storage service. (Source: The Verge)
In case you thought Windows 10 didn't have enough ads, Microsoft is continuing to expand its methods of offering its products to new places. The latest location is the File Explorer, prompting a new wave of grumbling from users.
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Windows 10 was a mostly positive step forward for Microsoft after the unfortunate design decisions that went into Windows 8. And yet, Microsoft still manages to find ways to aggravate its users by displaying ads in places that many consumers find irksome.

The Redmond-based company seems determined to get more users onboard with OneDrive, their cloud storage service; now they’re placing ads for it at the top of the Quick Access screen that appears when you open a File Explorer window. Another version of the OneDrive ad was reported in October last year, but now Microsoft seems to be pushing it out to more users with unambiguous language that displays the service’s pricing along with a “learn more” button.

Fortunately, users can opt-out of the notifications by going into the Options menu within the File Explorer window if they so choose by following these directions. Even so, the idea of operating systems becoming increasingly cluttered with ads everywhere is unlikely to go over well, as it’s becoming increasingly clear that Microsoft is willing to compromise user experience to benefit their bottom line.

So far, Microsoft has placed ads on the Windows 10 lock screen, start menu, and in popups on the start bar.


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Isaac Brown, 2017-03-10 (Update: 2017-03-13)
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I joined Notebookcheck at the end of 2016 after being a dedicated reader of the website for the past six years, occasionally tuning out various lecturers to read reviews of the latest gaming and business laptops. As a writer and tech enthusiast, I focus mostly on smartphones, the latest trending gadgets like VR headsets, and the businesses that create it all. When I’m not admiring the latest graphics cards, I write short fiction and arrange for a cappella.