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[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Drumhellar on Sat 10th Nov 2012 06:14 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
Drumhellar
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2005-07-12

Well, considering most of the ads aren't even visible unless you scroll past ALL the content.

And, again, they only show up in the apps that have new content updated throughout the day.

The sports app is a good example. You launch it, it's a (nearly) full screen photo from a recent game that links to an article by (the one that popped up this time is from AP). On the right edge hints at more content.

Scroll over, there are 7 headlines, two with a photo, all captioned, and each from different news sources. Farther to the right you see the edge of a scroll box with 15 headlines.

Scroll the screen more are links to videos (6 are presented), plus links to slideshows (6 presented), plus the schedule for whichever sport, followed by a list of your favorite teams, and finally, an advertisement. There is no content beyond the ad. The "Today in Sports" section gives you 4 screens full without an ad, the Hockey section gives 6+.

Follow a link, you get page after page of stories, with a small add every 5 pages or so.

This is far less advertising than, say, when you spend $6 on a magazine.

It is also only these apps that are being constantly updated with new, licensed and copyrighted content that have these ads. The messaging app, mail, people, maps, camera, photo, or RDP apps have no ads.

You're hardly having these ads forced upon you.

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Well, considering most of the ads aren't even visible unless you scroll past ALL the content.

Problem is, I already checked like a week ago in my test install of the RTM evaluation (I'm actually surprised it took so long to hit Slashdot and OSNews...), and it seems that the ad loads whether you scroll all the way over to the end or not. So no matter what you're adding to the ad views (and using your own bandwidth to do it) whether you actually read all the way to the end or not.

You're hardly having these ads forced upon you.

They certainly are forced upon your bandwidth, it seems. Anyway, the ability is now there. Now it'll just spiral until it gets worse and worse, and then it will get out of control. Like... gasp... subscription television services. I don't even remember what the of the ads that I saw were exactly (even if I did, I'd rather not say because it would only benefit these companies), but they were laughably obnoxious. I mean... come on... they're advertising a fucking laundry detergent, of all things, in a news applica..., er, I mean, app? Seriously? WTF?!?

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by Drumhellar on Sat 10th Nov 2012 07:08 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Drumhellar"