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.
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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by WereCatf on Sat 10th Nov 2012 03:03 UTC in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

Well, the ads are unobtrusive, and the apps they show up in are apps that have new content updated throughout the day, it doesn't bother me at all.


Personally I dislike the idea that you pay for a product and you STILL end up with ads. It would be a different setting if you didn't pay for it, but alas, that is definitely not the case here.

That said I don't have Windows 8 and I wouldn't use those apps anyways, so take my opinion with that in mind.

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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Lazarus on Sat 10th Nov 2012 03:24 in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
Lazarus Member since:
2005-08-10

Personally I dislike the idea that you pay for a product and you STILL end up with ads. It would be a different setting if you didn't pay for it, but alas, that is definitely not the case here.


I always used to think the same thing about TV service. Then came the Internet... ;)

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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by tanzam75 on Sat 10th Nov 2012 03:52 in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
tanzam75 Member since:
2011-05-19

Personally I dislike the idea that you pay for a product and you STILL end up with ads. It would be a different setting if you didn't pay for it, but alas, that is definitely not the case here.


There are ads on pay-television.

There are ads inside mass-transit buses, even though they charge fares.

There are ads on my Kindle, even though I paid for it.

There are ads at the back of trade paperbacks, for other books from the same publisher.

There are ads in print newspapers, even after you've paid to subscribe to them.

Thus, Windows 8 is very much in line with other hybrid models, in which the user pays something, and the advertiser pays something.

It is also done in a relatively reasonable manner. The ads appear only in those built-in apps that rely on ongoing refreshed content -- i.e., apps that have ongoing licensing costs. If you don't use those apps, then you don't see any ads.

If there were ads in Mail, or Explorer, or the desktop wallpaper -- then that would of course be a different matter!

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RE[3]: Comment by Drumhellar
by some1 on Sat 10th Nov 2012 04:23 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar"
some1 Member since:
2010-10-05

It is also done in a relatively reasonable manner. The ads appear only in those built-in apps that rely on ongoing refreshed content -- i.e., apps that have ongoing licensing costs.

You'd think that of all companies Microsoft can secure itself a very good deal on standard content like news and weather. It seems more plausible that they're just showing off in-app ads to other developers.

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RE[3]: Comment by Drumhellar
by ze_jerkface on Sat 10th Nov 2012 13:42 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar"
ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

Ads are everywhere so we should get used to them in more places.

FINALLY someone has stuck up for corporate advertising departments.

THE WORLD IS IN YOUR DEBT SIR.

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RE[3]: Comment by Drumhellar
by JAlexoid on Tue 13th Nov 2012 09:59 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

However, there goes Microsoft's major argument against Google. Microsoft is also serving you ads.(This time it's not the OEM, it's Microsoft itself)

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modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

you have to scroll all the way to the right to even see the ad.

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