I walked away from my computer for lunch, halfway through, writing a story for Facet. When I returned, I could not believe my eyes.
Windows 10 restarted my computer without permission – to install another forced OS update on my solid state drive.
The craziest part: When my car finished rebooting, it now contained exactly what I wrote about before I was rudely beaten. Microsoft has installed unwanted, unwanted versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook on my computer.
Well, it’s not as bad as when an unwanted copy of Microsoft Edge took over my entire computer screen. It was really glaring.
No, this time Microsoft is just transferring unwanted web applications to my PC – and using my Windows 10 Start menu as free ad space. Did I mention that the icons for Microsoft Office programs magically appeared in my Start menu, even though I never installed Office on that computer?
By the way, these are not complete free copies of Office. These are just shortcuts to a web version that you could already access in any web browser of your choice that doubles as advertising to pay for a more full-featured copy.
Since these are web applications, it’s not the way they take up space on my computer, and I don’t really mind them in my Start menu. They are among the least offensive viruses I’ve seen, and I never look at the Start menu anyway – my taskbar and search bar have been enough for me for a long time.
However, they are the latest evidence that Microsoft does not respect your ownership of your own PC, the latest example of how Microsoft installs everything you like in Windows updates, including viruses, and the latest example of what Microsoft cares about. more about the essence than whether a few people can lose their jobs when Windows suddenly shuts down their PC. Fortunately, today I have not lost any work, but recently a friend of mine:
Microsoft seems to believe that our computers are free advertising space, a place where it can selfishly promote its other products – even though in the 90’s they were told that even linking a web browser is not normal. They now combine a browser that you cannot install and a set of PWA web applications that run in the same browser. (Yes, they run Edge, even if you have another browser installed by default.)
As I have argued before, such decisions undermine this fine The argument that Microsoft actually has about mandatory updates is that they provide important security fixes that protect computers (yours and others). This is a harder argument when the most noticeable difference after a new upgrade is trying to make more money!
I love ZDNet Microsoft veteran reporter Mary Joe Foley notes that this is not just an experiment that is happening to some Windows insiders. I am not subscribed to Windows Insider on this PC. The company has not yet decided to respond to Foley’s comments, but let’s see if that changes next week.