Windows 10 is installing Office web apps without asking permission

Windows 10 Mandatory Updates aren't new, but the latest example does pose some problems. Windows Latest, ZDNet, The Verge, and Users report that Windows 10 forcibly restarts PCs to install links to Office web applications that launch in Edge, including the Start menu. And despite initial reports, this isn't just limited to Insider members - users of standard Windows 10 versions saw the change too.
The apps do not use memory or other resources. However, previously installing Office web applications was optional. Windows doesn't ask for your permission, much less let you know what's going to happen. Microsoft may be disrupting work or other important tasks to promote its online productivity suite.
We asked Microsoft for a comment.
While the lack of informed consent is clearly the main problem, The Verge noted that it trivializes mandatory updates as well. Microsoft introduced them not least to make sure users had the latest security fixes and to prevent widespread malware outbreaks. If your Windows PC reboots to showcase products, you may become wary of these updates or even deviate from Windows altogether. It also means that you don't have as much control over your system as you might think.
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