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Now I have to go look and see if this happened with a local install of Office.
Windows 10 is installing Office web apps without asking permission
Mandatory Windows 10 updates aren’t new, but the latest example is raising a few hackles. Windows Latest, ZDNet, The Verge and users are reporting that Windows 10 is force-restarting PCs to install links to Office web apps that launch in Edge, including in the Start menu. And despite initial reports, this isn’t limited to Insider members — people using standard Windows 10 releases have seen the change as well.
The apps take up no storage or other resources. Until now, though, installing Office web apps was optional. Windows isn’t asking for your permission, let alone informing you of what’s about to happen. Microsoft is potentially disrupting work or other important tasks to promote its online productivity suite....
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I haven't experienced that yet, Microsoft has always done what MS wanted to do. If it weren't for the antitrust laws they would force us to use whatever browser they were pushing at the time.
Reducing my online presence to do some other things.
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I remember all the fuss when Microsoft installed Bing as an important update on users client PCs. I also think Microsoft has taken to much control away from Windows users and system administrators.
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For a while now, Microsoft has been doing things without user's permission. They even downloaded an entire OS to people's computers without permission not too long ago.