It’s like complaining CAN work, as it appears that Microsoft has pulled a U-turn when it comes to cramming one of Windows 11’s most popular apps with ads.
As Windows Latest reports (Opens in a new tab), Microsoft recently changed the Weather app in Windows 11 to be based on the weather service on the MSN website. Although this is usually less controversial, since web-based apps can take up less storage space and are faster than traditional Windows apps, Microsoft still finds a way to annoy users by adding ad was once ad-free. app.
This is not the first time that Microsoft has annoyed users by forcing ads on its products, but it seems that this time it has gone too far, with a backlash on social media and through Microsoft’s feedback site causing the company to quietly drop ads from the app — or at least to the others in the app.
On the home screen, you will no longer see ads in the app. However, as Windows Latest noticed, and I confirmed, if you click on another page in the app, like ‘Predictions’, there are ads.
Also, if you click ‘See full forecast’ from the Weather widget, you’ll be taken to the MSN weather website, which also displays ads. Annoyingly, it also opens in the Microsoft Edge web browser, and if you haven’t set it as the default, you’ll also get a pop-up asking you to change that.
A welcome U-turn – but it’s not enough
All these ads and annoying pop-ups can make Windows 11 feel like a chore to use, so I’m really glad that Microsoft seems to be taking some of these criticisms to heart.
A company that listens to customer feedback and makes changes is always good and should be applauded. However, as much as I would like this to be a sign that Microsoft is re-examining the whole approach to ads in Windows 11, unfortunately, I don’t think that’s the case.
The fact that Microsoft quietly dropped ads from the first page of the Weather app without any acknowledgment makes me think that Microsoft is not entirely fond of this move and may re-introduce ads like silently removing it.
Also, that the ads are only removed from one screen of an app also leads me to think that this is a step that cannot be replicated elsewhere – if at all. Everything looks like Microsoft has removed the minimum ads.
So, although this is a positive step, Microsoft still has a lot to do if it wants to properly address the concerns of many people about the freedoms it has acquired in Windows 11.