Microsoft starts showing ads in Office 2021

Microsoft is starting to show ads for Microsoft 365 Family subscriptions to customers with Office 2021, offering them discounts for a three-month subscription.

Advertising in Office 2021

Multiple users reported having seen these advertisements in the past few days. As can be seen in the screenshot above, Microsoft has labeled this ad as a ” Limited offer “allowing customers to“get 3 months of Microsoft 365 Family for just $0.99”. Other customers saw slightly different advertisements saying “For only $0.99, get 3 months of Microsoft 365 Family and share it with up to 5 people. It’s like getting six subscriptions in one”.

What makes this ad unfortunate is that Microsoft uses a banner format similar to this one that asks Office users to enable macros, replacing the “Enable Content” button with a “Claim Offer” button. .

This isn’t the first time Microsoft has displayed promotional messages in user interfaces in its Office suite or other Windows apps. The company also showed ads featuring its free web apps for Office in the menu bar of the Wordpad app. There have also been ads in Windows File Explorer for OneDrive. Suffice to say that users do not appreciate that.

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