A new type of ad was found in the latest test build of Windows 11’s File Explorer, which, as revealed by Microsoft, was nothing more than an experimental mistake.
Brandon LeBlanc, senior program manager for Windows, confirmed that Microsoft did not intentionally publish the ad banner externally.
While it is clear that this sudden addition was an error, we now know that Microsoft is actually capable of publishing ads inside Windows 11. Moreover, the company has intentionally placed ads in Windows in the past, including Windows 10 lock screen, the taskbar and Start menu, and Windows 8’s built-in apps.
However, it is not uncommon for tech companies to place ads within their services. Apple, for instance, does it for Apple Music, Apple Fitness, and iCloud on new gadgets, while Google offers its pop-up ads in YouTube to convince users to buy the subscription program.