Microsoft claims unwanted Office web app installation was a bug

Posted on Tuesday, Oct 20 2020 @ 13:15 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Yesterday there was public outcry about Microsoft installing Office web apps on Windows 10 PCs without even asking permission. After getting called out on this by various media outlet, Microsoft now conveniently claims this was a bug. The software giant says it has paused this rollout.
Originally, Microsoft tells The Verge, the idea was that any website you pinned to the Start Menu would launch in Microsoft Edge, and it simply intended to turn those shortcuts into more visible tiles now. But — in what Microsoft is calling a bug — the change also turned its existing Microsoft Office web shortcuts into PWA web apps as well. That’s something you can normally do from inside the Edge browser, but not something that would happen by itself.
However, as the The Verge points out, Microsoft did not address all points of concern like why it's giving itself free premium advertising space, why these apps open exclusively in Edge, and why Microsoft gives itself the right to force a reboot to install unwanted apps.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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