Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 6th Jul 2013 11:52 UTC
Games "People who don't play video games would be forgiven if they turned on an Xbox 360 and didn't realize it was a device used to primarily play games. The first screen you see on the Xbox 360 Dashboard is often a mixture of ads for all sorts of goods and services, and many times games are in the minority of ad slots. The latest redesign increased the ad space that can be sold to advertisers, and that in turn increased this problem. Let's be clear, it is a problem. Game discovery is terrible in the current design of Xbox Live, and the usability of a system that used to be about games is suffering in order for Microsoft to make money on ads." Written a year ago by Ben Kuchera for Penny Arcade. In light of increased advertising efforts in Windows 8.1, this has become relevant once more. In a nutshell, do not count on Microsoft being able to strike a proper balance (thanks, Soulbender!).
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Even in Metro apps there is some exaggeration going on. The advertisements are often all the way to the right, or if they are in between content they separate logical groupings of information. Its not obtrusive, obnoxious, or annoying at all.

There are just these "get off my lawn" types that will bitch about everything under the sun. The question is do they reflect a broad sentiment? I'm not convinced.

Besides, for every advertising supported app there is an ad free alternative in the Windows Store. Supply and demand at work.

Microsoft has a right to make money, they aren't a charity, and their current financial status is largely irrelevant to that. If Microsoft wants to increase the Bing team's bottom line then this is one way to do it. If you don't like it, open the app and leave feedback, but I doubt the OP will do that. Its a shame, because they may listen.

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