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Windows 10 would install apps without your knowledge

According to many users, Windows 10 would start installing applications from the Office suite without any action on their part. Problem: These apps are paid and find their way into a user’s start menu. Part of the problem is believed to be a Microsoft Edge bug.

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Users of Windows 10 many have protested against Microsoft for several weeks. As indicated The Verge, many of them have indeed noticed that their Windows 10 computer starts installing PWA (Progressive Web App) type applications against their will. Among these apps that magically landed on their PCs, we found the PWA versions of the Office suite; Excel, Word, PowerPoint or even Outloook, even though the owner of the computer had never performed any installation. Problem: the Office suite is not free, unlike the web versions that are stealthily installed, which are. Many thus saw in this practice an attempt by Microsoft to carry out disguised advertising to push for the subscription to its Office suite. Not only were these web versions installed without user action, but the original versions slipped their way into the start menu, with a Microsoft subscription just a click away.

Now the mystery begins to unravel. The appearance of these unwanted applications is believed to be due to a bug in Microsoft Edge. The browser launched the real Office apps instead of the web versions when clicked from the start menu, instead of going to open the PWA version directly in Edge. Opening a page to subscribe to a subscription therefore does not seem intentional. However, the automatic installation of these web versions seems to be a desired feature by Microsoft. The Redmond firm confirmed this to The Verge, which has just indicated that it will correct this bug of « migration » between web versions and full Office applications. PWA versions of Office can be uninstalled at any time from Microsoft Edge, but this is the process that can be problematic.

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