Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th Jul 2013 14:03 UTC, submitted by twitterfire
Windows "Today, Microsoft said its advertisers will be able to target users not just on Web search results pages but directly inside Windows Smart Search. David Pann, general manager of Microsoft’s Search Advertising Group, said in an interview that advertisers don’t have to do additional setup to participate. The Smart Search ads will feature a preview of the websites the ad will send people to, as well as click-to-call info and site links, which are additional links under the main result that direct users deeper into a website to the most likely page they might want." So, you pay for a product, and then Microsoft shoves ads in your face. Scumbags. Then again, they've done the same on the Xbox, which is now virtually unusable due to all the ads plastered all over your dashboard. And then people say Google is bad with ads.
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RE: Comment by BeamishBoy
by ov1d1u on Fri 5th Jul 2013 14:25 UTC in reply to "Comment by BeamishBoy"
ov1d1u
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2009-07-07

Yes, but you don't pay anything for Ubuntu. If I pay for a product I want the cleanest experience possible, not a big screen with ads.

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by Nelson on Fri 5th Jul 2013 14:40 in reply to "RE: Comment by BeamishBoy"
RE[3]: Comment by BeamishBoy
by Naomi on Fri 5th Jul 2013 15:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by BeamishBoy"
Naomi Member since:
2013-05-27

You pay for Windows.

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RE[3]: Comment by BeamishBoy
by silviucc on Fri 5th Jul 2013 15:20 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by BeamishBoy"
silviucc Member since:
2009-12-05

You pay for Windows and its functionality. If windows search can't return results without using Bing then it's defective by design.

However, it looks like the "feature" can be turned off (just as it can be turned off on Ubuntu) so no harm is done.

I'd be more worried about advertisers getting access to Kinect on the Xbox but that is another topic.

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