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 15:40 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by BeamishBoy"
Nelson
Member since:
2005-11-29

I'll refer you to my prior comment. You don't pay for Bing. This is about ads being shown in the Bing application which runs on Windows, not in Windows.

This functionality can be disabled, but most won't because most aren't as melodramatic.

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RE[5]: Comment by BeamishBoy
by dragossh on Fri 5th Jul 2013 15:50 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by BeamishBoy"
dragossh Member since:
2008-12-16

It's part of Windows. It's like Apple plastering ads over Safari and then excusing that with "it's just bundled, not an OS component".

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RE[6]: Comment by BeamishBoy
by Nelson on Fri 5th Jul 2013 17:03 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by BeamishBoy"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Safari isn't a core part of the OS, and advertising in the product would be the prerogative of that team.

You did not purchase perpetual rights to an ad free Bing experience, you purchased Windows.

Chromebooks which are sold to the end user also serve ads in the various web apps they promote. Android does much worse.

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