This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Last week, multiple media outlets reported that Microsoft is forcing users to reboot their Windows 10 and introducing the Web app version of Office (Office PWA) into the Chromium-based Edge browser without the user's permission. This was initially thought to only happen to Windows Insider participants, but there are reports that it has also occurred on Windows 10 for general users. In some cases, users have been rebooted without prompting, even while they were working.
A progressive web app, or PWA, is a web app that runs like a native app within the Edge browser window. These web apps, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook, were previously optional and would not be registered on the system unless the user explicitly chose to install them (though they are web apps and do not consume any storage). But if Windows is forced to restart, Office PWA will be installed as well.
Of course, you can remove this set of apps from the Apps page of your browser if you don't want them. These apps are also listed in the Start menu as PWAs and can be removed from the list of installed applications in Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features.
I'm not sure what Microsoft thinks about manipulating the user's Start menu settings without permission, even though it's a web app that runs in a browser. However, from a user's perspective, it's never pleasant to have such a thing done.
If you're already using a Microsoft account, or have recently installed Windows 10 or recently purchased a Windows 10 pre-installed PC, and you can't find the option item for creating a local account that was cleverly hidden during the initial setup and forced, and were forced to create a Microsoft account, you can use Office PWA installed on your own for free. If you want to use it, you can.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.