microsoft has begun to include advertisements in Windows 11, part of the experience that has left users unhappy. According to PCMag, advertising content was seen in the File Explorer interface, but it cannot be ruled out that it also appears on other pages. In any case, we must not anticipate a hypothetical final result.
An important point to note is that ads are not detected in the stable version of Windows 11, but in the version of Windows Insider. This means that his official presence in the OS developed in Redmond is yet to be confirmed.
As seen in the screenshot shared at Twitter by Windows 11 user, flobo09, the ad appears in a bar in the middle of the box showing the address of the folder and the content stored there. The promotional message comes with a “Learn More” button, which may appear to open a new window. Microsoft Edge.
The negative reaction among the public was immediate
“You better stop this nonsense right now. If they’re looking to get people to ditch File Explorer for something else, they’ll get it.” says one of the answers to original tweet, with direct mention of the Windows Insider account in the social network.
“Come on Microsoft, File Explorer is one of the worst places to show ads. Especially with the old look it has today.” indicated another user.
“Very disappointed in this decision. It’s a disaster. They destroy all the efforts they make with Windows 11 with this type of bad publicity”, added a third party. AND almost all the other messages in relation to this topic followed the same tone.
Disappointment with this possibility has not yet occurred. The Verge published a statement sent by Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc, stating that the banner in question was an experiment that should not be published externally. He also indicates that he has been disabled.
Clearly, the company’s message was intended to alleviate public unrest. Even so, It’s unclear whether Microsoft will continue to test ads in the interface of its latest operating system.
Do not forget that Windows 10 has reached the masses with a wide variety of promotional content; from apps advertised in the Start menu to tips and advice on the lock screen and notification center. However, it is worth mentioning that in the previous version of Windows 11, they could be disabled.
Microsoft and the experiment of placing ads in Windows 11 File Explorer
Choosing File Explorer to experiment with ads in Windows 11 doesn’t seem to have been a coincidence. Microsoft is working on redesigning this traditional feature of its operating system. Last week, news broke that Redmond has continued to develop a Tabbed version that can open multiple folders in a single window.
Like everything tested on Windows Insider, it’s unclear if the File Explorer redesign will make it to the stable OS. However, it would not be unusual for this to happen. What Microsoft has been working for some time to say goodbye to some legacy features of its software; among many others, the classic Control Panel.
And considering that the idea of a tabbed file explorer was implemented during the development of Windows 10 (which fell through), then the possibility seems really possible. From now on, it will be difficult to change the negative public opinion about the ability to display ads in the Windows 11 interface, if Microsoft finally decides to go down this path.
It is true that many people were able to upgrade to Windows 11 for free; Thus, seeing ads infrequently can be a reasonable inconvenience for not spending money on the software. However, it will all depend on how intrusive the sponsored content is and how the privacy of the user may be affected.
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