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[7]: Ads? in MY Windows?
by UltraZelda64 on Sun 11th Nov 2012 04:01 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Ads? in MY Windows?"
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you did not pay for them... they are free in the windows store. MS just decided to include them.

That's a laughable claim. So, what, just because (for example) Microsoft Security Essentials can be downloaded for "free," you're not already paying for the privilege to be able to download and run the software? I mean, do you not need to pay a large amount of money for a Windows license to run a piece of Windows software? And is Microsoft not the sole creator, owner and maintainer of Windows itself?

Being a Microsoft program, does this not mean you're effectively paying for the ability to run the software they provide any additional charge anyway, given such past measures as Windows Genuine Advantage to block non-paying and even Wine-using people from installing? I don't know if WGA is what they're using for their app store (probably not, I'm guessing some server-side authentication), but whatever it is no doubt it provides similar functions.

The way I see it, this is more like Microsoft being generous to their own paying users.

But assuming I did look at the situation the way you are and that they are "free," that means that these "apps" truly are adware in the traditional sense and should be removed by such products as Lavasoft's Ad-Aware. But oh, wait--Windows 8's "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps" directory requires special privileges to access...

But really, wasn't even Microsoft against OEMs stuffing Windows installations like a turkey with slow, bloated, advertising-ridden, resource-hogging crapware? Apparently it's fine when it's them serving it (though to be fair, so far it's only adware).

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