Windows  Start Menu Promoted Apps Neowin

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update will increase the number of Promoted Apps to ten in the Start Menu, even though users have responded poorly to the feature.

The Windows 10 Start Menu has not been quite your own little PC space for some time. Microsoft’s Promoted Apps are essentially advertisements placed within the Start Menu, and they have been almost universally panned by users.

Undeterred, Microsoft is pushing the Promoted Apps idea further and the Windows 10 Anniversary Update will double the amount of app ads you see in the Start Menu. At the moment there are five applications promoted by Microsoft within the menu, but the Anniversary Update will increase that number to ten.

Microsoft is not taking app tiles of your choosing away, but will instead cull some of the static apps. These are the apps that are pinned to the Start Menu by default, and there will only be 12 of them, down from 17.

Promoted Apps are “Programmable Tiles” that look like the pre-installed static apps, but are actually advertisements for Windows Store apps that Microsoft suggests. Clicking the Promoted tiles will take you to the app location in the Windows Store, something that has caused controversy in the Windows community.

The company says the Promoted Apps serve two purposes. They give users the chance to see applications that have been recommended by Microsoft, while developers will be able to make their apps more visible in the Windows ecosystem.

Neowin found the new tiles via slides shown at Microsoft’s WinHEC, and it seems the new Start Menu will only be deployed on fresh installs of Windows 10 that are running the Anniversary Update.