Microsoft Installs Mysterious Windows 10 App On Users' PCs Without Permission
Microsoft Installs Mysterious Windows 10 App On Users' PCs Without Permission

We all know very well that one of the great ghosts of Windows 10 has always been the privacy issue. The volume of telemetry data stored by the tech giant Microsoft ended up creating dissatisfaction and distrust among some users, who considered such actions unnecessary and abusive by the tech giant Microsoft.

Microsoft Installs Mysterious Windows 10 App On Users’ PCs Without Permission

One of the great ghosts of Windows 10 has always been the privacy issue. The volume of telemetry data stored by the tech giant Microsoft ended up creating dissatisfaction and distrust among some users, who considered such actions unnecessary and abusive by the tech giant Microsoft.

Although we have not had many demonstrations in this area recently, with the last cumulative update of Windows 10, an application was installed on certain devices, in a non-consented or authorized way, which aroused displeased user opinions.

The application is called “Photo Add-Ons” and has been installed on some devices, automatically and without user authorization, along with the last cumulative update of Windows 10, which is released on October 10.

Such action on the part of the tech giant Microsoft eventually triggered some unsatisfied reactions that are reflected in the comments to the app in the Windows Application Store.

Most of the comments refer to a displeasure that the tech giant Microsoft has installed the application without authorization, considering it abusive and disrespectful. The overall app rating itself reflects this, having less than 3 stars in a maximum of 5.

As for the application, not much is known about its function and utility. It is not a typical application like the others, being this a supplement of the Photography application.

In order to locate the application on your Windows smartphone, you will need to access the Settings -> Applications -> Applications and functionalities -> Select “Photos” and click “Advanced Options”. In this menu, you can find the add-on installed and attached to the native Windows 10 photo application.

These “add-on” applications were presented in Build 2016 as being appended to the main application and would bring new capabilities and functionality to the same application. In the coming weeks, we’ll be able to find out what the effects this add-on will bring to the native Windows 10 Photo app.

In addition, we only know that it has a size of 161MB and it was designed to work on PC/tablet, smartphones, HoloLens and the Surface Hub.

After all the polemics that were generated when Windows 10 was released, privacy is still a very sensitive issue when associated with this operating system.

In this case, the app is not expected to be abusive in terms of privacy; being a mere supplement to the Photos application seems somewhat harmless to the user. However, it would not have been too bad for the tech giant Microsoft to have informed users of the installation of this add-on, thereby avoiding any mistrust and uproar shown in appraisals.

So, what do you think about this? Simply share your views and thoughts in the comment section below.

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