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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No big Surprise from the Kings of Greed
by Lorin on Sat 10th Nov 2012 04:43 UTC
Lorin
Member since:
2010-04-06

The software world has always been that if you pay for the software you do not have to endure advertising, I can expect it on shareware or other freeware but not from software I paid for.

That being said, it is just one more in a long list of reasons to shun Windows 8

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Nothing is making you install that software on Windows 8.

Much like free speech you are allowed to ignore it ... problem solved!

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Lorin Member since:
2010-04-06

Yeah nothing except the fact that it is installed without an option as part of Metro, but you know that.

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ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

Too bad for Ballmer that Windows is actually something he has to sell and its success will be measured by adoption rates.

Releasing a product that causes this much division and hatred among existing customers is just plain stupid. It would be like McDonald's adding lutefisk to the Big Mac and then telling detractors to "get use to it" because blah blah blah blah talk all f--king day but you're trying to sell something that people don't want.

Like I said before Apple is going to clean up this Christmas. Anyone on the fence about switching to Mac will do so after trying Windows 8. Same goes for people unsure of a laptop or tablet for a gift.

It ain't 1999 anymore, consumers can push back if they don't like what Microsoft is selling.

Edited 2012-11-10 14:11 UTC

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

The software world has always been that if you pay for the software you do not have to endure advertising, I can expect it on shareware or other freeware but not from software I paid for.

That being said, it is just one more in a long list of reasons to shun Windows 8


Actually, a great deal of "freeware" is actually FOSS software, also known as freedom software. Freedom software is open source copyleft software, so it is software written by a collaboration of its users. Such software is actually the very last place one would find ads, or any other similar anti-feature.

By its very nature, if a software product is a damaged good (e.g. one that shows ads, aka as adware), then it must be closed source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damaged_good

Since the users are the ones who write FOSS software, one must ask why would users include, in collaboration, any features which were against their own best interests as users?

The answer is, they simply wouldn't. To do so would make no sense whatsoever. Most open source freeware is actually freedom software (or FOSS or FLOSS), and it therefore emphatically is not a damaged good, and it does not contain anti-features. Typically one does not have to pay for FOSS software, but even so one does not have to endure advertising.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_and_open-source_software
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Free_Software_Definition

Edited 2012-11-11 12:13 UTC

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