Microsoft added ads to Windows 10 settings

Microsoft added ads to Windows 10 settings

According to online sources, Microsoft has begun rolling out a new element in the Settings app in Windows 10. This is the Get even more out of Windows banner that has begun to be delivered to Windows PCs. 10 May 2020 Update and later. As you might guess, the purpose of the new banner is to advertise Microsoft products.

The source says that in the next few weeks the mentioned banner will appear in the “Settings” application on devices with current versions of Windows 10. It is noted that it may occur after installing cumulative updates or after rebooting the OS. As it turned out, the purpose of this banner is to promote Microsoft services and applications.

After clicking on the banner, a page appears where the user is invited to try different Microsoft products, including Windows Hello, Microsoft 365, Your Phone, etc. You cannot minimize this window, but you can click next to go to the next page, or “Remind me in 3 days” to temporarily close the window.

The next page is called “Use recommended browser settings”. If the user agrees to make the change, Edge becomes the default web browser and Bing becomes the search engine. In addition, Edge will be pinned to the taskbar and its shortcut will appear on the desktop.

The third full-screen page proposes to start using the Microsoft 365 cloud service. Moreover, different users can be offered either a 50% discount for the first year of use, or the ability to interact with the service for free for a month. Here you can also refuse the offer, thereby closing the full-screen page and returning to the “Settings” application.

However, this is not all. After closing the previous pages, a small window appears that prompts you to apply the recommended settings and make Edge your default browser. It is noteworthy that this message appears even in cases where Edge is already used as the default browser.

If you notice an error, select it with the mouse and press CTRL + ENTER.

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