What you need to know
- OneDrive on Windows 11 will now display a prompt and have you answer questions when you try to close the app.
- The new behavior was recently spotted and only appears on some computers.
- Microsoft has a long history of putting ads, surveys, and prompts into its operating systems.
Updated November 11 at 7 a.m. ET: Microsoft has since reversed its decision to show a prompt when someone tries to terminate OneDrive. The company shared a statement with the edge Regarding the behavior tested:
“Between November 1 and 8, a small subset of consumer OneDrive users were presented with a dialog box when they closed the OneDrive sync client, asking them to comment on why they chose to close the app. This type of user feedback helps inform our ongoing efforts to enhance the quality of our products. “
Original story follows.
Microsoft found a new way to piss off Windows 11 users recently. Now, if you try to quit OneDrive on Windows 11, you’ll see a prompt with a questionnaire about why you want to quit the app. The option to quit OneDrive remains grayed out until you select a reason.
The prompt only appears for some users at the moment. Taras Borya from Newen I highlighted it, but the same prompt doesn’t appear on my computer. There’s a good chance Microsoft will test the behavior with select groups or as part of a phased rollout.
If you’re one of the “lucky” few who saw the new prompt from Microsoft, you’ll see the following options:
- I don’t want to have OneDrive running all the time
- I don’t know what OneDrive is
- I don’t use OneDrive
- I’m trying to solve a problem with OneDrive
- I’m trying to speed up my computer
- I get a lot of notifications
Windows 11 contains a variety of ads and prompts, from full product placement of third-party apps to invitations to use Microsoft apps and services. There is some debate about whether the claim on Microsoft’s operating system for a Microsoft product is an advertisement or a suggestion for an optimal computing experience, but some are upset nonetheless.
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The new OneDrive prompt is particularly aggressive because it requires you to answer the question to quit OneDrive. A similar survey asks why you want to close or ignore Chrome instead of Edge.
How to close OneDrive on Windows 11
The option to quit OneDrive is either hidden or in a confusing place, depending on your point of view. To exit the app, you need to select the “Pause sync” option. After that, you will have the option to quit the app completely.
If you want to keep OneDrive open but pause it due to limited Internet connection or to free up system resources, you can just choose to pause sync.
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