Microsoft can’t stop inserting advertisements into Windows 10. The latest experimental advertisement appears in WordPad. It’s a banner inviting you to use Office’s web apps instead of the included WordPad application.
Microsoft Increasing Ads, Testing Ads in WordPad
March. 12, 2020
Rafael Rivera discovered the ads and revealed them on Twitter. There are several variants, but they all invite you to try Word, Excel, or PowerPoint online. There’s an “Open Word” or “Open Office” button that will open Microsoft’s Office web apps in your browser.
BREAKSCLUSIVE: Microsoft WordPad is getting a new feature! An ad for Office web apps!
Screenshot shows 6 experimental variants.
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While ads in WordPad don’t feel great, they’re not totally crazy. Microsoft’s Office web apps are free—you just have to sign in with a Microsoft account—and some people trying WordPad might be happier with the Microsoft Word web app instead. They’re a capable alternative to Google Docs.