This past summer was a bit of a nightmare. At least, as far as Windows 10 was concerned. As Microsoft geared up for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, you couldn't do anything without being reminded of it.
The company was even criticized for its aggressive tactics to encourage people to upgrade. If you happened to miss it, here's a quick recap: The primary issue centered around Microsoft's deadline to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Essentially, if you didn't upgrade by July 29, you'd miss the window. After that, upgrading to Windows 10 would cost $119.
To remind everyone of this deadline, Microsoft took some drastic measures. Just take a look at these past headlines from our coverage. They'll give you a good idea of what people were dealing with.
- Oops! See where Microsoft's push to update to Windows 10 went wrong
- Latest Windows 10 update reminder is most annoying one yet
- Windows 10's nasty new trick will make you furious
- Finally! Microsoft ends annoying Windows 10 update prompts
After all of the pop-ups, warnings and automatic updates, when July 29 finally passed these aggravating reminders eventually stopped. We all breathed a sigh of relief... until now...
Now, those annoying pop-ups are back. But, this time, they're about the Microsoft Rewards program, and they encourage people to use Microsoft Edge.
Currently, the pop-up appears as an ad that asks, "Wanna earn while you browse? Get free movies and games with Microsoft Edge. See how."
Although it sounds innocent enough, it only shows up for people who don't use Microsoft Edge frequently. It also doesn't show up if you're already a Microsoft Rewards member.
Sure, we've seen more obtrusive ads in the past. But the point really is this: Should Microsoft really be using your desktop computer for convenient marketing?
The good news is you can turn off the ads. Watch this helpful video for step-by-step instructions.