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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RE: Comment by Nelson
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 5th Jul 2013 16:23 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
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Oh come on. Promoted results *are* ads. They are highly relevant to the people who paid to have them promoted. If they were actually highly relevant, they wouldn't need to be promoted.

Sometimes that happens in google, where the company I'm searching for has actually paid for an ad at the top and appears as the first result.

Google, Apple, and even microsoft have been trying to unify the desktop and web search for years, so it really isn't anything new. But, as far as I know, no one I've ever met has really listed the unified search as a positive. Google's old desktop search was also the source of quite a few terrible security vulnerabilities. Id' rather keep them separate.

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