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: Seriously?
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 5th Jul 2013 15:03 UTC in reply to "Seriously?"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

If I have to sift through the ads to find the actual tile that launches my game, then yes, the thing has become unusable - *especially* because I pay for Xbox Live to begin with.

It's people like you and Nelson that make scumbag companies shove this shit down our throats.

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RE[2]: Seriously?
by Nelson on Fri 5th Jul 2013 15:38 in reply to "RE: Seriously?"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

It is not unusable, you are grandstanding. This is dumb.

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RE[3]: Seriously?
by vitae on Sun 7th Jul 2013 20:56 in reply to "RE[2]: Seriously?"
vitae Member since:
2006-02-20

He might be exaggerating, but the point remains. With what you pay for a 360 and the games (especially new), you simply should not be required to look at ads. It shouldn't be the user's problem if Microsoft needs to make money back on a machine that was poorly conceived and overly-expensive to make from the beginning.

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RE[2]: Seriously?
by lucas_maximus on Fri 5th Jul 2013 15:41 in reply to "RE: Seriously?"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

So you don't use Firefox, Chrome or Opera then?

Not going to use a Chrome Book either?

Your Xbox is sold at a loss where they use revenues on games and ads to get the cost back.

I kinda agree with you but it easily turned off so it isn't anything to get upset about.

What I do hate is companies like Oracle putting web toolbar crapware in the Java Development Toolkit installer.

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RE[3]: Seriously?
by dragossh on Fri 5th Jul 2013 15:52 in reply to "RE[2]: Seriously?"
dragossh Member since:
2008-12-16

Firefox, Chrome and Opera don't have ads, they have a custom nicely looking search page that stays out of your way while giving money to the companies when you search.

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RE[2]: Seriously?
by bentoo on Fri 5th Jul 2013 18:19 in reply to "RE: Seriously?"
bentoo Member since:
2012-09-21

Just like all of the ads make OSnews unusable? Seriously Thom?

Edited 2013-07-05 18:20 UTC

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RE[3]: Seriously?
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 5th Jul 2013 18:38 in reply to "RE[2]: Seriously?"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Do you pay for OSNews? Do you ever have trouble telling what's an ad and what's not?

No?

There you go.

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