Microsoft is using the Android Share Menu to advertise its apps

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Microsoft has long courted controversy around how it advertises its apps in the real estate on Windows 10 such as the start menu or action centre, but now the company’s eagerness to push its solutions has spilt over into the nooks and crannies of other operating systems also.

AndroidPolice reports Microsoft has been caught adding links to apps which were not installed in the Android Share menu.

In the above screenshot, for example, OneDrive is not actually installed on the phone, but the link was added by the Your Phone app, and trying to share to it would open the Your Phone app briefly, and then direct you to the Google Play listing for OneDrive.

The issue has been around for at least 6 months. The Verge notes that the Android Share Menu is already pretty crowded, but that other major company do not use this practice, and if they did the Share Menu would get even more cluttered.

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Via the Verge

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