Microsoft is showing ads for Microsoft 365 in Office 2021


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Microsoft is showing ads for Microsoft 365 Family subscriptions to its Office 2021 customers, offering them discounts of over $28 to get a 3-month Family plan subscription.

Several users have reported seeing these ads this week, starting on August 10, with Lee Holmes, a Principal Security Architect at Microsoft Azure Security, also sharing today a screenshot showing the ad displayed as an alert bar under the Office menu.

As shown in the screenshot below, Microsoft has tagged this ad as a "LIMITED OFFER," allowing customers to "Get 3 months of Microsoft 365 Family for only $$0.99."

What makes this ad even worse is that Microsoft uses a banner format similar to what it uses when asking Office users to enable macros, replacing the "Enable content" button with a "Redeem Offer" one.

Other customers have seen slightly different worded ads saying, "For just $$0.99, get 3 months of Microsoft 365 Family and share with up to 5 people. It is like getting six subscriptions in one. TERMS APPLY."

In this ad version, Microsoft also uses a differently worded button, prompting users to click a "Redeem now" button to get the heavily discounted subscription.

Microsoft 365 Family ad in Office 2021
Microsoft 365 Family ad (Lee Holmes)

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