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[4]: Comment by BeamishBoy
by Nelson on Fri 5th Jul 2013 15:38 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by BeamishBoy"
Nelson
Member since:
2005-11-29

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:
2006-07-14

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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RE[6]: Comment by BeamishBoy
by Nelson on Fri 5th Jul 2013 17:07 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by BeamishBoy"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

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.


You can bitch if you'd like, because thats what it is, baseless bitching about an optional feature. That's your own time you're wasting.

The feedback should be directed at the Bing team, not at Windows as a whole because Windows does not own that feature.

How many of you have submitted feedback or let alone installed Windows 8.1? My problem is that this isn't a legitimate good faith complaint, but more of a red meat article for the rabid OSNews collective to get to take part in the echo chamber.

People who mostly don't use the product, don't provide feedback through the accurate channel, yet want to act like the sky is falling.

I wonder how many have even seen the advertising in question.

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RE[6]: Comment by BeamishBoy
by WorknMan on Fri 5th Jul 2013 20:50 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by BeamishBoy"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

No, this is the first time its been in windows.


Actually, it isn't. There are ads in some of the Metro apps in Windows 8.

But I have a policy when it comes to ads... I don't really care, as long as I don't see them. If they only show up when I'm doing a search on Bing, then fine. But if they show up when I'm doing a search for a local file, or on one of the Metro tiles (which I wouldn't put past MS at this point), then I have a problem with it.

On the Xbox 360, where the ads showed up on the tiles as soon as I booted the thing, that's kind of hard to miss. So I sold it as soon as the ads started popping up, and that was the end for me and the Xbox brand. If they're gonna charge me $300+ and make me pay a monthly fee to access services that are free on other devices, I don't want to see ads.

Edited 2013-07-05 20:54 UTC

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