Windows 10 will contain more ads thanks to Ink Workspace

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

If you’re an avid internet user, you’ve most likely downloaded an adblocker for your desktop browser in order to experience ad-free web experience. Problem solved? Not entirely! Ever since Microsoft allowed Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users to upgrade free to Windows 10 (if they bought a license for the previous operating system), the company still needs to push their products. To do so, Microsoft has already introduced ads in the Start menu and on the Lock Screen. Now, there’s a new place where users will see ads: in the Windows Ink Workspace hub.

Ads have already taken over the Start menu and the Lock Screen, and now they’re making their way through Windows 10, exasperating users who consider the operating system is being used by Microsoft to promote its app store.

Back in April, Li-Chen Miller, Group Program Manager for the Windows Ink team, was proud to present the rich capabilities of the new Windows Ink feature that introduced to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. She said that “it’s like the Start menu for Ink.” Ink Workspace was one of the novelties, bring together “all the ink-powered features and apps on your PC in one curated and easy-to-access UX canvas.”

It was a welcome addition, but users started seeing Suggested Apps under Sticky Notes, Sketchpad, Screen sketch and Recently used applications. They were unsurprisingly pretty upset because of the new Suggested section and didn’t know if the new feature was included in the latest build or it was introduced from the beginning.

Betanews has posted a screenshot showing a generic link to the Store which takes the place of a link to an application called Free Draw. We’re pretty sure that in the near feature, Windows 10 will be full of ads, but users will have no other option but to tolerate them.


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