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 Nelson
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 5th Jul 2013 18:48 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

What is the basis of your claim that they are "highly relevant"? Microsoft's press release?


If they are highly relevant, then the advertiser wasted their money as they would be returned in the results anyways.

It seems to be like the advertisement companies ( MS & google) are either preying upon companies fear that other non relevant ads might show up first for products and services that they are more relevant for, or a tacit admittance that their search algorithm sucks.

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RE[4]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Fri 5th Jul 2013 19:07 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Nelson"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Promoted results and relevancy aren't mutually exclusive attributes, and something can both be sponsored and relevant or unsponsored and relevant.

Highly relevant is relative to other ads for unrelated things plastered over the UI. This isn't that.

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RE[5]: Comment by Nelson
by kragil on Fri 5th Jul 2013 19:35 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Nelson"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

What is MS paying all you shills?

They are very cheap, so it won't be a lot. Then again all the stuff you and all the other defenders of this crap aren't doing a good or convincing job.


Ads in an OS are a total no-go. Doesn't matter if Canonical or MS do it.

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