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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Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Sat 10th Nov 2012 14:12 UTC
kaiwai
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2005-07-06

Why is anyone here surprised? if you're going to access the website via an application rather than going to the actual website the take guess as to why they've included ads. The movement is to provide access to data from a website and through an application then someone/something has to pay for delivery of that data hence advertisements. For me, as long as those advertisements are non-intrusive then I'm more than happy to have said advertisements if it means that the said services remain free of charge.

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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by modmans2ndcoming on Sat 10th Nov 2012 14:36 in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

what?!?! A reasonable voice on OS News in a Microsoft story?

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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by nej_simon on Sat 10th Nov 2012 15:57 in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
nej_simon Member since:
2011-02-11

That's true for free apps. These are apps that access microsoft's services and you've already payed for that by buying windows. A lot of apps are like that, they have a free version with ads and a paid version without. Similar to sites where you can browse without ads if you buy an account.

Edited 2012-11-10 16:00 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by modmans2ndcoming on Sun 11th Nov 2012 03:14 in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

And if they did not include them? They are free in the windows store so it seems to me that they were not paid for but simply included.

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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Sun 11th Nov 2012 12:44 in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

That's true for free apps. These are apps that access microsoft's services and you've already payed for that by buying windows. A lot of apps are like that, they have a free version with ads and a paid version without. Similar to sites where you can browse without ads if you buy an account.


These services have on going costs - how is a one off sale going to cover the costs of a service over the life time of the product? regarding your 'paid version' again they're not accessing a service which reoccurring costs of the business - you're comparing Apples to oranges. Regarding your example of an account - that only works because you don't pay a once off fee but pay a subscription which pays for the reoccurring costs.

Edited 2012-11-11 12:46 UTC

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