If you’re not a fan of self-promotion and can’t stand it in your Windows experience, you may want to sit down for what comes next: There’s been a sighting of self-promo in File Explorer.
As spotted by a Windows Insider MVP on Twitter, some Windows 11 Insiders may see a banner inside File Explorer raising awareness about Microsoft Editor. The exact text you may see is: “Write with confidence across documents, email, and the web with advanced writing suggestions from Microsoft Editor.”
We could not see the new File Explorer banner ourselves, which implies this little addition is being A/B tested and that not everyone will see it in their build. Still, if you do see it and aren’t happy with the idea of various Microsoft services and products being promoted within your Microsoft services and products, get on the Insider feedback app and voice your thoughts. That’s what these test builds are largely about, after all: Gauging community reactions and pivoting where appropriate.
There’s no guarantee the promo banner will ever leave the testing phase, or that feedback against it will have any impact. It’s a world of unknowns. The only certainty is that the vocal population on Twitter is not happy (just see the replies to the above tweet for evidence of that claim). One tweeter mentioned they saw a promotion for PowerPoint templates.
For other news relating to File Explorer, check out our hands-on with Windows 11 build 22572.