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Microsoft Sneaks OneDrive Ads Into The Windows 10 File Explorer

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Post by Pedro-NF » 10 Mar 2017, 07:26

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Microsoft Sneaks OneDrive Ads Into The Windows 10 File Explorer

http://hothardware.com/news/microsoft-s ... e-explorer

When Microsoft announced that it would provide Windows 10 as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.x users during the first year of availability, you knew that there had to be some strings attached. As we've seen over the past year and a half, Microsoft has come under fire for its privacy policies, allegations of "spying" on users and its penchant for placing advertising within Windows 10.

It's that last point that is once again rearing its ugly head for Windows 10 users. A redditor has noticed that Microsoft is now placing ads within the oft-used Windows File Explorer interface. It's one thing to see ads pop into view when you're browsing the internet with Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome, but you don't expect (or want) to see advertisements in well-trafficked areas of your operating system of choice. In this case, Microsoft is trying to get users to try out the paid version of its OneDrive cloud storage service. Interestingly enough, the redditor in question is already paying for OneDrive. OneDrive is integrated into Windows 10 and allows you to easily share files and user settings across devices.

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After doing some digging around on the internet, it appears that the only way to remove these OneDrive advertisements is to [while within Windows Explorer] navigate to View —> Options —> View —> Advanced settings. From there you will need to uncheck the "Show sync provider notifications" box, and you'll be set free. Thankfully, this is a rather quick fix to get rid of annoying ads from within Windows 10. With that being said, it's probably easier for Microsoft to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission.

Source: HotHardware


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