Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th Nov 2012 01:41 UTC
Windows "Despite the fact that I've been using Windows 8 for the past three weeks, I somehow managed to overlook a rather stark feature in the OS: ads. No, we're not talking about ads cluttering up the desktop or login screen (thankfully), but rather ads that can be found inside of some Modern UI apps that Windows ships with. That includes Finance, Weather, Travel, News and so forth. Is it a problem? Let's tackle this from a couple of different angles." Hadn't seen them either - I don't use those applications - but this is pretty despicable.
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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by tanzam75 on Sat 10th Nov 2012 03:52 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
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Personally I dislike the idea that you pay for a product and you STILL end up with ads. It would be a different setting if you didn't pay for it, but alas, that is definitely not the case here.

There are ads on pay-television.

There are ads inside mass-transit buses, even though they charge fares.

There are ads on my Kindle, even though I paid for it.

There are ads at the back of trade paperbacks, for other books from the same publisher.

There are ads in print newspapers, even after you've paid to subscribe to them.

Thus, Windows 8 is very much in line with other hybrid models, in which the user pays something, and the advertiser pays something.

It is also done in a relatively reasonable manner. The ads appear only in those built-in apps that rely on ongoing refreshed content -- i.e., apps that have ongoing licensing costs. If you don't use those apps, then you don't see any ads.

If there were ads in Mail, or Explorer, or the desktop wallpaper -- then that would of course be a different matter!

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