Microsoft Ads Are Creeping Into the Windows 11 Start Menu

Microsoft is adamant that it will get ads on your system no matter what. Now, the company has been caught adding ads to the sign-in menu to prompt users to create a Microsoft account or use OneDrive.

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This news came to us from Ars Technica, who spotted the story on Twitter. User @thebookisclosed noticed a new entry in the Windows 11 sign-in menu, prompting them to create a Microsoft account or use OneDrive.

Replies range from disgust at the new ads to users stating that this is something that can be turned off, so nothing to worry about. However, the answer from Windows Insider Senior Program Manager Brandon LeBlanc is of note.

LeBlanc said this was to be expected, as the team informed users about this change in the patch notes. However, others were quick to point out that these little ads make use of the attention-grabbing “notification dot”, which is usually reserved for important system-related tasks like updates. This makes the ads a bit more intrusive than some people would like.

Big revenue problem for Microsoft

Microsoft is having a bit of a monetization problem right now. With the slow adoption of Windows 11 as well as the free upgrades the software giant offered to users on older Windows versions, it’s likely that Microsoft’s latest operating system isn’t bringing in nearly as much money as it was expected to.

So, how does Microsoft squeeze more money out of its existing Windows 11 users? The company has tried to monetize Windows 11’s apps in the past, the most recent example being when Microsoft introduced Clipchamp, a video editor that comes pre-installed with Windows 11. It was free to use, but if you wanted to render video higher than 480p, you had to pay.

Unfortunately, user response to this plan was negative. As a result, Microsoft changed Clipchamp’s pricing tiers so that users could render in 1080p for free. This was great news for its users, but meant that Clipchamp wasn’t the money-making machine Microsoft was counting on.

As a result, Microsoft is stuck with a user base that doesn’t like being forced to use a specific app and doesn’t like paying for pre-installed software. As such, it’s now turning to advertising within Windows, a strategy we saw back when Microsoft added ads to File Explorer.

With so much hatred for these ads, it probably won’t be long until users figure out how to turn them off, or disable the feature altogether. And so, Microsoft’s efforts to profit with Windows 11 will continue.

Windows 11 advertising issues continue

With Microsoft experimenting with Windows 11’s new sign-in menu ads, it’s likely we’ll see more attempts to monetize the operating system in the future. But with such strong resistance to the plan, can Microsoft make Windows 11 a profitable venture, or will people just shut them down and ignore them?

Your iPhone may not ring for incoming calls and texts due to incorrect settings, software bugs, or hardware issues. Because of these issues, you may unknowingly miss important family and work calls, which is never good.

There are several reasons that can cause your iPhone to stop ringing when a call comes in. But don’t worry. We will walk you through the solutions so that you never miss a call like this again.

1. Check Your Mobile Plan Status

Let’s start by ruling out the non-technical reasons. First, check that you have an active mobile plan. Your iPhone won’t ring if your plan has been suspended for more than three to four weeks because most carriers only allow expired accounts to receive calls for a limited number of days.

If this is the case, simply reload and reactivate your mobile plan, and your iPhone will ring when you receive a call again.

2. Test Your iPhone’s Speakers

If you have an active mobile plan, the next step is to test your iPhone speakers to rule out hardware issues. Open YouTube or any other music app and play something. To increase the volume level, use the Volume Up button on the side of your device.

Heave a sigh of relief if you hear any sound. If you don’t see, check out how to fix broken iPhone speakers.

Once you are convinced that the speaker is working, the likely reasons for your iPhone making a ringing sound are bad settings or temporary software glitches.

3. Turn off silent mode

If your iPhone is set to vibrate-only mode, it won’t ring when a call comes in. To fix this, put your phone back into ring mode by pressing the Ring/Silent switch on the side of the screen. You’ll find this switch above the volume buttons on the top-left side of your iPhone.

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