Microsoft is now showing Teams ads when you try to “Get Help” on Windows.


A circular sign with ads written on it and an angry emoji to the right of it and a slash on Windows 11L

It is not wrong for a company to place advertisements and promote its products to the consumer, however, when such advertisements are placed in inappropriate places, they may become upset. Microsoft always tries to improve its features, products and services on Windows 11 or Windows 10, and the latest location (via GHacks) where it’s now serving ads is in the Get Help app.

When a user opens the app on their PC to get help with something, a banner about Microsoft Teams Essentials appears. The ad contains a learn more link that directs users to Microsoft Teams Essentials. web page. Thankfully though it can be turned off.

The ad reads:

Increase productivity and collaboration while staying organized, using a new meeting solution designed for small businesses. learn more.

MS Teams Essentials ad in Get Help app on Windows 10

The GetHelp app can be accessed by selecting either Get help When you’re in Settings, link to learn more about a setting or directly launch the Get Help app.

What’s a little annoying about this promotional banner is that it shows the same Teams Essentials ad no matter which setting you’re in, even if the topic is completely unrelated to Teams. So a user who wants to understand something about the system, say, the essential links to Teams is definitely not helpful in any way.

While we’re on the subject of settings and ads, last month, the tech giant also pushed some more promotional content inside the Settings app where ads were shown on Microsoft 365. Previously, such ads for Microsoft 365 also appeared in the Windows 10 Out of Box Experience (OOBE).

In April of this year, the company pushed more MSN news and ads into its redesigned Weather app on Windows 11, though such code was later removed and replaced with a widget.


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