I distinctly remember how Windows 8 started adding ads to Windows, first innocuously and then more egregiously in Windows 10 and 11. This is what Paul very brilliantly labeled the “slippery slope”.
Well, today I noticed the following button in the new UI for my paid subscription to Microsoft 365:
Clicking on it opened a series of screens with ads for Office products I may or may not have:
While this is not super concerning right now, as it’s out-of-the-way and innocuous, it’s easy to imagine how this can eventually become abused. This seems to me like the beginning of that slippery slope in Office where a product I pay for monthly is serving me ads and that scares me.
What do you all think?