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.
Permalink for comment 541997
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Windows is different
by Nelson on Sun 11th Nov 2012 18:18 UTC
Nelson
Member since:
2005-11-29

In fact, that only true, unseverable "app" in the OS is the Windows Store itself.

IE can be uninstalled, Bing can be uninstalled, People, Chat, and Email can be uninstalled, Finance can be uninstalled.

Windows, the WinRT platform, and the Windows Store have enabled unprecedented control over your system. All Windows "apps" are consumers of the WinRT API, meaning, anything they can do, someone else can probably do (and possibly better).

Don't like Bing News app having ads? Download a different News app.

On the Windows Store, the monetization scheme is entirely up to the developer, in this case, the Bing Team who has ownership over the apps.

If the advertisements (which you need to scroll all the way to the left, and consume almost no bandwidth) bother you THAT much (and you're not just being fucking ridiculous and grandstanding, which is what I suspect) then you can vote them off the island and uninstall the app. That simple.

People in the comments act like the ads are a bandwidth consuming 1080p YouTube video. Give me a break.

Reply Score: 2