Windows 10 WordPad gets annoying Office ad banner


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Microsoft may not be making WordPad any more “sophisticated” than it’s been for years. Still, the company wants to start advertising Office web apps on the otherwise simple, desktop word processor.

WordPad users love it for its simplicity and the fact that it’s not system-resource-intensive. The minimalist design of its user interface lends it to numerous quick applications, such as note-taking as well as letter and story-writing.

Office ad banners are unnecessary distractions

Tech researcher Rafael Rivera has tweeted that Microsoft WordPad will soon have an ad for Office web apps. In the Tweet, Rafael posted a screenshot showing six versions of the word processor on which Microsoft is experimenting.

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In the ads that display below the toolbar, Microsoft is promoting its alternative Office apps, which are available for free online.  Users such as writers consider such ads (including relevant ones) to be an annoying addition to WordPad as they can disrupt the flow of creative juices.

Maybe Microsoft has a point with the WordPad ads?

WordPad may be lightweight, but that usually counts only when the user has to worry about things like storage space or file transfer. With the online alternative that Microsoft is promoting, the cloud provides the environment to work with heavier documents.

And when it comes to file transfer, MS Office on the web allows for sharing and collaboration on documents. Users can access the docs they create from any device with a web browser like Chrome, Firefox, or Safari, regardless of their Operating System.

Plus, the online word processing package is entirely free despite it being more powerful than WordPad.

MS Word on the web has the potential to replace its desktop version, let alone WordPad. If the future of word processing is online, then maybe Microsoft isn’t exactly out of line with the upcoming WordPad ads.

In the meantime, WordPad users may not appreciate the disruption of irrelevant Excel or PowerPoint ads on the word processor.