Windows 11 has now been officially available for several months with this software upgraded with new features including a new Start menu, better compatibility with Teams as well as information-rich and fully interactive widgets.
It’s a great upgrade that keeps PCs future-ready, but what many users may not have bargained for is being bombarded with ads buried in the system. operating itself.
It seems that some users suddenly started noticing these annoying messages with them appearing in the File Explorer menu and it didn’t go down well with a Windows 11 user named Florian saying that it would make people “crazy”.
Posting a screenshot to Twitter, the avowed Windows fan said, “Some people will go crazy if Microsoft starts adding ads in Explorer.”
The image reveals a File Explorer menu as well as an advertisement for Microsoft Editor – software that helps users correct spelling and grammar errors.
For now, it appears to be just a simple mistake that shouldn’t have been seen by the public.
Microsoft says they shouldn’t have appeared in the wild as they are currently being tested internally.
Speaking to The Verge, Senior Windows Program Manager Brandon LeBlanc said, “This was an experimental banner that was not intended for external publishing and has been disabled.”
While it looks like Microsoft isn’t showing these ads to Windows 11 users yet, it might show what might be coming soon and we’re not sure users are going to like it.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Microsoft has placed ads in its operating system, with Windows 10 fans occasionally seeing messages in the Start menu and on the lock screen.
We’ll have to wait and see if and when the ads hit the File Explorer menu, but Microsoft may have just given the biggest hint that changes are on the way.
If this news hasn’t put you off, Windows 11 is a free upgrade for those using Windows 10, although not all PCs are compatible with this software.
To find out if your current machine is capable of running Windows 11, Microsoft has updated its Windows Update app. This will now scan your PC components and let you know if your system is eligible for the upgrade. You can check now by heading to Settings > Windows Update > Check for updates to see if your device is ready for the new OS.