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[9]: Ads? in MY Windows?
by UltraZelda64 on Sun 11th Nov 2012 22:38 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: Ads? in MY Windows?"
UltraZelda64
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First, just a small thing about Bing. At least Bing, the website, is not made to check what software and operating system you are running and selectively block everything that is non-Microsoft, unless WGA and the Metro "app" store. So for that reason, I would at least consider it a standalone service not tied to Windows, and the ads (though I never see them) do make perfect sense in that scenario. However... when you bring up the Bing app for Windows 8/Metro, that's where they cross the line. The "app" came bundled with the OS, and yet advertises. No, thanks.

When you purchase Windows you purchase the operating system. You are not entitled to free reign over Microsoft's vast software catalog.

No... no one purchases Windows. They purchase the license, the "right" from Microsoft, to be able to use it, with all the restrictions that they put in place in their EULA. So really, you are not entitled free reign over Windows (and by extension, even your own computer hardware), either. Want to use your computer's network hardware to its full potential and share files among more than ten other machines? Well, you better pay up for a higher-SKU Windows or a different OS altogether, because in standard licenses there are technical measures put in place to make sure you obey the EULA.

Thankfully, the majority of Windows users are not as ridiculous as you, and don't really CARE about the Bing apps having one ad at the end of the screen.

Yes, I know that all too well. Most people I know just bend over and take it right up the ass. I refuse to go down to that level. Sorry for not being just like you and the rest of the crowd, but it's just not gonna happen.

Edited 2012-11-11 22:47 UTC

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