Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th Jul 2013 14:03 UTC, submitted by twitterfire
Windows "Today, Microsoft said its advertisers will be able to target users not just on Web search results pages but directly inside Windows Smart Search. David Pann, general manager of Microsoft’s Search Advertising Group, said in an interview that advertisers don’t have to do additional setup to participate. The Smart Search ads will feature a preview of the websites the ad will send people to, as well as click-to-call info and site links, which are additional links under the main result that direct users deeper into a website to the most likely page they might want." So, you pay for a product, and then Microsoft shoves ads in your face. Scumbags. Then again, they've done the same on the Xbox, which is now virtually unusable due to all the ads plastered all over your dashboard. And then people say Google is bad with ads.
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Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Fri 5th Jul 2013 14:39 UTC
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I was wondering how long itd be until this hit OSNews.

Bing (which augments search results, is optional, and can be switched off) displays advertisements which are highly relevant, and they aren't even really ads, they are promoted results.

But that won't stop people who wouldn't even use Windows 8.1 in the first place from commenting on how it hampers usability, how they paid for the product, yada yada.

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