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Wordpad gets adverts

by on22 January 2020

I am so old I remember when everything was free once you paid for it

Software king of the world Microsoft has decided that Wordpad should be generating it a little more revenue and is going to host adverts.

Wordpad has been around since Windows 95 as a simple and free word processing app that allows you to create text documents quickly and easily.

Writing in his bog Windows researcher Rafael Rivera, Microsoft is planning on adding adverts to Wordpad that encourage users to use Microsoft’s Office web apps instead.

The adverts appear below the toolbar, suggesting users “Try Word online for free”. Other ads mention Word, Excel and PowerPoint for free online, as well as trying Office for free.

OK, you can close the advert, but it’s a pain in the arse. Excel and PowerPoint adverts are not even related.

Vole has inserted ads for its premium products in Windows 10’s free apps – the Mail and Calendar apps also contain adverts.

Time to install Notepad++

Last modified on 22 January 2020
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