Far be it from us to criticize a bit of promoting — in spite of everything, it’s what retains the lights on at this web site, and just about each comparable one across the net. However customers who purchase a pc and, by extension, a $100-plus copy of Home windows from Microsoft are on firmer floor for criticism. For instance, the most recent place Microsoft needs to experiment with a bit of add-on-advertisement is the Home windows 11 Begin Menu, particularly the flyout menu you see if you click on in your consumer profile image.
As noticed by Twitter consumer Albacore (and elaborated by NeoWin), at the very least some customers of the most recent Dev Channel model of Home windows 11 are seeing little promo spots for Microsoft OneDrive and creating new Microsoft Accounts on this sub-menu. It’s not particularly stunning, and even that dangerous as promoting goes, nevertheless it’s yet another instance of Microsoft treating Home windows as an advert platform for its different companies.
Earlier this yr Microsoft experimented with slipping Editor advertisements into File Explorer, then rapidly backed off when the story made the rounds. That was on prime of the same old pop-up “strategies” for issues like Workplace 365, and the downright aggressive stance Home windows takes in case you attempt to change the default net browser from Microsoft’s personal Edge.
For the time being the brand new OneDrive advertisements aren’t displaying up for all Dev Channel customers, which signifies some A-B testing is happening. Microsoft has backed off a few of its extra aggressive Home windows-based promoting pushes earlier than, however we’ll have to attend and see whether or not this one makes it to the total launch channel or not.