September 30, 2023

Microsoft introduced at present that it has stopped displaying Chrome customers on Home windows 11 a brand new sort of intrusive Bing pop-ups suggesting they change their default search engine to Bing. The brand new pop-ups have been fairly annoying as they appeared above full-screen apps and video games, which is certainly not one thing you’d need to see.

The Verge’s Tom Warren discovered the executable file answerable for these pop-ups and famous that it just about behaves like malware, despite the fact that the file is digitally signed by Microsoft. Anyway, many individuals on Reddit who additionally noticed the intrusive pop-ups have been additionally very suspicious about their origin.

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Microsoft’s intrusive Bing pop-up displaying up above a sport (Picture credit score: The Verge).

In an announcement shared with The Verge, Microsoft acknowledged the confusion and stated that it has stopped displaying these pop-ups to Home windows 11 customers. “We’re conscious of those reviews and have paused this notification whereas we examine and take acceptable motion to handle this unintended conduct,” stated Caitlin Roulston, director of communications.

In recent times, Microsoft has acquired quite a lot of criticism for the not-so-subtle methods it promotes its providers like Edge, OneDrive, and even Recreation Cross on Home windows 11. Paul and lots of different Home windows lovers have been fairly vocal about this, but Microsoft retains discovering new methods to promote its providers on its OS. The sensation of not being 100% in command of an OS you paid for may be fairly irritating.

Home windows 11 most likely pushed issues a bit additional by making options like Home windows Search and the Widgets open all hyperlinks in Edge. Nonetheless, that will change quickly within the EU: The discharge notes for the newest Dev Channel construct talked about that “Home windows system parts use the default browser to open hyperlinks,” despite the fact that Paul couldn’t get it to work.

Don’t fear, Microsoft will most likely discover different methods to indicate you “advertisements” on Home windows 11. As a result of even in case you’re rising uninterested in Microsoft’s heavy-handed method, the software program big most likely thinks that the chance individuals will likely be irritated sufficient to modify to Linux or macOS is admittedly low.