Skype pushing bloatware

In a previous blog post I complained that Microsoft is allowing deceptive adds (the kind that drives our grandparents crazy) in Skype. This seems strange as one would expect Microsoft to protect it’s good name.

However it seems Microsoft could still do worse. So they didn’t give up and changed the Skype installer to install bloatware. And Yes, MSN and Bing plugins are just that, bloatware. My Skype told me that there was an update so I ran it and look what the Setup screen is showing me:

Skype-bloatware

Yes that’s right. To enable or disable two options I get half of a checkbox. Thank you guys! It seems I’m not the only one that noticed this as there is a slew of threads on this on the Skype community forums. Here is just a sample, there are many, many pages of threads about this issue:
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Microsoft, why allow these deceptive ads??

Microsoft, Skype is your platform. You are the one who decides which adds get to be shown…

So why oh why do you allow deceptive and abusive adds like the one in this sreenshot?
These adds are tricking people into believing there Windows computer has problems that aren’t really there. These adds are bad for the reputation of Windows. That other companies don’t care about this I understand, but I would have expected Microsoft itself to be more protective of it’s own good name.

Please stop allowing adds like these!

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