Windows 10 caught installing unwanted Office web apps, Microsoft says it was a bug

Microsoft has been accused of installing unwanted web versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook on computers. A writer from Verge, who first noticed this, reported that Windows 10 restarted his computer without permission just to install some unsecured apps in it.

The writer also claimed that Microsoft Office app icons appeared on the Start menu even without installing Microsoft Office. He made it clear that the icons that appeared in the Start Menu were not the free copies of Office but the links to the web versions which doubles as an advertisement. However, when The Verge got in touch with Microsoft about the same. The company said it’s “partly a mistake” and will pause the migration that installed the apps on its own in the Start menu.

Microsoft also called the whole thing a bug. He told the publication that they installed the apps in the Start menu that would launch in Microsoft Edge. “In what Microsoft appears to be calling a bug, although we’re trying to get clarity on what part the bug was – the change also made it appear that existing web links to their Microsoft Office products had installed a web app on your PC too. “, reads the Verge report.

The Verge author who reported the issue also raised a couple of questions. He questioned Microsoft for using its Start Menu as free advertising for its Office products. He also asked why he can’t have a default browser of his choice, instead of Microsoft speeding up the limit. And the most important question the reporter asked was why Microsoft thought it would be important to force his computer to restart without asking for his permission. The company has yet to answer some of its questions and provide more clarity about its “bug” that made it possible.

Microsoft has been accused of installing unwanted web versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook on computers.

News Underline:

  • Microsoft has been accused of installing unwanted web versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook on computers
  • A user stated that Windows 10 restarted the computer without permission
  • Microsoft said it’s “partly an error” and will pause the migration that installed the apps on their own in the Start menu.