Wordpad has been a staple of Home windows since Home windows 95, so it’s one of many final apps we’d assume Microsoft would replace, nevertheless it seems to be like the corporate is doing simply that – however moderately than including snazzy new options, it seems it’ll simply be including adverts.
A part of Wordpad’s attraction is its simplicity – it’s a easy (and free) phrase processing app that permits you to shortly and simply create textual content paperwork. The truth that it does the job with out fuss is a part of the rationale why the app has remained largely unaltered over all these years – however that now seems to be set to vary.
In keeping with Home windows researcher Rafael Rivera, Microsoft is planning on including adverts to Wordpad that encourage customers to make use of Microsoft’s Workplace internet apps as an alternative.
BREAKSCLUSIVE: Microsoft WordPad is getting a brand new function! An advert for Workplace internet apps!Screenshot reveals 6 experimental variants.vso/tfs id 23834136variants 1-6 pic.twitter.com/TdYOuKkLZcJanuary 20, 2020
The adverts seem under the toolbar, suggesting customers “Attempt Phrase on-line totally free”. Different adverts point out Phrase, Excel and PowerPoint totally free on-line, in addition to making an attempt Workplace totally free.
It seems to be like customers can shut the advert, nevertheless it’s nonetheless an unwelcome intrusion. And whereas WordPad customers could be all in favour of making an attempt out Phrase’s on-line app, as they’re each phrase processors, the adverts suggesting Excel and PowerPoint, two comparatively unrelated apps, are more likely to show extra annoying.
Free isn’t free
This isn’t the primary time Microsoft has inserted adverts for its premium merchandise in Home windows 10’s free apps – the Mail and Calendar apps additionally include adverts. Even Home windows 10 itself now comes with pre-installed video games and adverts within the Begin menu, displaying that Microsoft is methods to get extra money out of its customers.
Again when Microsoft provided Home windows 10 as a free improve (which you’ll nonetheless get due to a loophole), many people questioned if there was a hidden value to Microsoft’s generosity. It appears that is it.
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