Windows 10: Microsoft ads Office Web Apps advertisement to Windows 10 PCs

Discus and support Microsoft ads Office Web Apps advertisement to Windows 10 PCs in Windows 10 News to solve the problem; If you run a recent Windows 10 PC, you may have noticed new listings for Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, or Word in the Start Menu or the list of installed... Discussion in 'Windows 10 News' started by GHacks, Oct 18, 2020.

  1. GHacks
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    Microsoft ads Office Web Apps advertisement to Windows 10 PCs


    If you run a recent Windows 10 PC, you may have noticed new listings for Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, or Word in the Start Menu or the list of installed programs, even if you did not install the programs. It happened yesterday on a stable Windows 10 PC running Windows 10 version 2004, and reports are all over the Internet that many users are affected.

    One of the main problems is that Microsoft has not mentioned this at all; it did not make an announcement, not on the company's Windows Experience blog nor anywhere else to my knowledge. Users who notice the applications -- they are web links in fact but more about that later -- may wonder whether they are genuine or malicious in nature, and how on earth they landed on the system in first place.

    Microsoft ads Office Web Apps advertisement to Windows 10 PCs office-links-installed-windows-10.png

    When you analyze the installed programs, you will notice several things:

    • The publisher is not Microsoft Corporation, but "Outlook", "PowerPoint", "Excel", and "Word".
    • All apps are listed with version 1.0, without size information, and with the same installation date.
    • Each app has a single dot as an icon.
    • All of them can be uninstalled.
    • When you check the file properties, you will notice that they are web shortcuts that use Microsoft Edge, e.g. "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\msedge_proxy.exe" --profile-directory=Default --app-id=bjhmmnoficofgoiacjaajpkfndojknpb --app-url=https://outlook.com/

    When you try to remove one of the listed programs, you will get a "remove from Microsoft Edge" prompt; this confirms that these apps are linked to Microsoft Edge.

    Microsoft ads Office Web Apps advertisement to Windows 10 PCs remove-from-microsoft-edge.png

    A quick check of the installed apps section of Microsoft Edge confirms that these applications are listed in the browser, and can be removed from the browser with a click on the x-icon on the page.

    Microsoft ads Office Web Apps advertisement to Windows 10 PCs remove-apps-edge.png

    The shortcuts open Office Web Apps in a chromeless Microsoft Edge window on the desktop when executed. They appear genuine and not malicious.

    Users who don't want these can uninstall the PWA apps from within Edge or using the Settings app / Programs Control Panel applet.

    Closing Words


    Adding programs to a user's device without consent or information is always problematic. While it has become second nature for Microsoft to add or remove apps from the operating system when feature updates get installed, adding these unrelated to any update installation is a new low for the company, especially when it is done without any communication on the company's part.

    Users are left with finding out what happened and if the apps are genuine or not. While they are genuine, it is nothing more than pushing advertisement for the company's Office Web Apps to user systems.

    It is easy enough to remove them again, but what is keeping Microsoft from re-adding them or adding other PWA links? Right, nothing at all.

    Now You: What is your take on this?

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  2. Brink Win User

    Microsoft was putting ads in Windows 10 Mail app for non-Office 365

    Read more: Microsoft is putting ads in its Windows 10 Mail app for non-Office 365 users - Neowin

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    Brink, Oct 18, 2020
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  3. Ahhzz Win User
    Office 2019

    Only supported on Win10. Sorry, 8.1 users, only 4 years old, gotta go.

    Microsoft Office 2019 will only work on Windows 10

    https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com...-to-office-and-windows-servicing-and-support/

    Spoiler Office 2019
    Last year at Ignite, we announced Office 2019 – the next perpetual version of Office that includes apps (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, and Skype for Business) and servers (including Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business). Today we’re pleased to share the following updates:

    • Office 2019 will ship in H2 of 2018. Previews of the new apps and servers will start shipping in the second quarter of 2018.
    • Office 2019 apps will be supported on:
      • Any supported Windows 10 SAC release
      • Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2018
      • The next LTSC release of Windows Server
    • The Office 2019 client apps will be released with Click-to-Run installation technology only. We will not provide MSI as a deployment methodology for Office 2019 clients. We will continue to provide MSI for Office Server products.
     
    Ahhzz, Oct 18, 2020
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  4. Microsoft ads Office Web Apps advertisement to Windows 10 PCs

    Microsoft Selects Dolby Audio for Windows 10

    it would've been great if microsoft added HEVC decoders, LAV filters along with other codecs with Windows 10, and developing WMP to be better than VLC, KMPlayer and such sorts of media players.

    Nevertheless, this is good step for microsoft, by far.
     
    Analog_Interface, Oct 18, 2020
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