All Windows 10 ads should be disabled by default, users have had enough

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

Microsoft’s advertisement strategy on Windows 10 has sparked anger among millions of users. The latest OneDrive ads displayed in File Explorer appear to be the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Windows 10 users now suggest that all ads should be disabled by default as they didn’t buy this operating system to be advertised to. Many already feel that Microsoft has turned them into a simple product to sell to its advertisers.

Others suggest that Microsoft should reward those who opt-in to viewing ads and offer them Windows Store credit to thank them for their patience.

Windows 10 — an advertisement platform?

Ads in lock screen, ads in Start, ads in Notifications. I’m very, very, very close to saying “f*** this” despite Windows otherwise being far, far better than the alternatives. Ads, bul***** I don’t want that can’t be removed, an entire application system that I don’t want […] applications being installed without my asking (Candy Crush anyone?).. If Microsoft doesn’t start treating us like customers instead of cash cows, the next update will be my last.

Many Windows 10 users are now convinced that Windows has turned into an advertisement platform, and prebundled apps and games, such as Candy Crush Saga aren’t going anywhere, they’re only just getting started.

They fear that once Microsoft kills Windows 7 and 8, and users’ options will further be limited, a true advertisement flood will begin.

Also, the recent waves of ads made many users suggest that Microsoft offered Windows 10 for free because it’s an advertisement platform.

What’s the solution?

Some users suggests that the world should collectively leave Microsoft behind and widely adopt Linux. However, not everybody agrees this is a good solution due to all the limitations in terms of games, programs and rather difficult setup process. And there’s another problem: convincing millions of users to leave Windows is impossible.

On the other hand, let us not forget that other tech companies use their platforms for ad purposes too. This is  part of modern operating systems. As a result, many users have resigned themselves to the fact that this is how things work nowadays.

Windows 10 ads are definitely no trifle. This recent Reddit thread confirms users’ aversion towards this practice. However, Microsoft has yet to issue any comments about this situation.

What’s your stance on this? Are you planning to ditch Windows 10 altogether because of all these ads, or you’re found a solution to cope with them?

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