Microsoft is potentially disrupting work or other important tasks to promote its online productivity suite
Mandatory Windows 10 updates are normal but the problem arises when it forcefully starts installing Office web apps without seeking permission. Until now, though, installing Office web apps was optional.
Windows Latest, ZDNet, The Verge and users are reporting that Windows 10 is force-restarting PCs to install links to Office web apps that launch in Edge, including in the Start menu, reports Engadget.
This is not limited to Insider members — people using standard Windows 10 releases have seen the change as well.
The apps take up no storage or other resources. Microsoft is potentially disrupting work or other important tasks to promote its online productivity suite.
While the lack of informed consent is clearly the main issue, The Verge noted that this also trivialises mandatory updates. Microsoft instituted them in no small part to ensure users had the latest security fixes and prevent widespread malware outbreaks.
If Windows PC reboots itself to pitch products, one might become wary of those updates or even veer away from Windows altogether. It also implies that you do not have as much control over your system as you might have thought.