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[3]: Comment by BeamishBoy
by silviucc on Fri 5th Jul 2013 15:20 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by BeamishBoy"
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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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RE[4]: Comment by BeamishBoy
by Nelson on Fri 5th Jul 2013 15:38 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by BeamishBoy"
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Right. As has been stated, and you acknowledge, the feature can be turned off.

In a more general sense, you have been receiving ads for value add services in products you pay for since forever.

This is a complete non issue.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:

No, this is the first time its been in windows. That makes this an issue. As demonstrated with the Xbox one issue ( as well other issues in windows 8) , if consumers actively protest something they don't like they can get microsoft to change their mind.

So if people don't like it, they should bitch about it as that's the only way they can change stuff in microsoft products.

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