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 WorknMan on Sat 10th Nov 2012 03:03 UTC in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
WorknMan
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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.


Yeah, same here, since I don't use the apps either. In fact, I didn't even know they were there until I saw this article. And trust me, I am someone who hates ads more than just about anybody, and avoided buying a Roku for that same reason (since Roku puts a big-ass ad right on the home screen). If they start putting them on the Start screen, I will be the first one to start bitching.

BTW: A few of my buddies on Google+ were yelling about this and urging everyone to boycott Windows 8, but they all have Xbox 360's with Gold memberships, where not only are the ads right in your face and unavoidable, but you also get charged a monthly subscription fee for the privilege of viewing them. Needless to say, the irony was not lost on me ;)

Anyway, if it bothers you that much, uninstalling those apps is just one right click away. It's too bad you can't also uninstall Metro, but I digress ;)

Edited 2012-11-10 03:07 UTC

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