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[6]: Comment by BeamishBoy
by Nelson on Fri 5th Jul 2013 17:07 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by BeamishBoy"
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No, this is the first time its been in windows. That makes this an issue. As demonstrated with the Xbox one issue ( as well other issues in windows 8) , if consumers actively protest something they don't like they can get microsoft to change their mind.

So if people don't like it, they should bitch about it as that's the only way they can change stuff in microsoft products.

You can bitch if you'd like, because thats what it is, baseless bitching about an optional feature. That's your own time you're wasting.

The feedback should be directed at the Bing team, not at Windows as a whole because Windows does not own that feature.

How many of you have submitted feedback or let alone installed Windows 8.1? My problem is that this isn't a legitimate good faith complaint, but more of a red meat article for the rabid OSNews collective to get to take part in the echo chamber.

People who mostly don't use the product, don't provide feedback through the accurate channel, yet want to act like the sky is falling.

I wonder how many have even seen the advertising in question.

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