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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Windows Smart Search
by TechGeek on Fri 5th Jul 2013 19:10 UTC
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2006-01-14

So the fact that Windows Smart Seach indexes your personal files and that Bing now has access to it doesn't bother you at all? You don't wonder what information may be leaking out of your system? If not you have not been paying attention to the news recently. And the often used excuse that since "others do it, its ok" really doesn't mean crap. The real question is: "Does disabling it really turn it off?"

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RE: Windows Smart Search
by Nelson on Fri 5th Jul 2013 19:19 in reply to "Windows Smart Search"
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2005-11-29

This isn't how it works. Bing has access to queries you provide it.

Metro Applications are forbidden from widespread file system access.

The indexed files and the Bing results come from separate sources, consolidated into one view.

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RE[2]: Windows Smart Search
by TechGeek on Sat 6th Jul 2013 01:32 in reply to "RE: Windows Smart Search"
TechGeek Member since:
2006-01-14

Actually. you are missing the point. The things I search local files for can be just as sensitive as the contents in the files themselves. If I am searching for "AIDS treatment" for instance, it might be that I am writing a paper for my physiology class, or it might be that I have AIDS. I sure don't want anyone else inferring that I might have AIDS from my search data though. Especially someone like my health insurance company. If you think about it, the contents of your files are the only thing you are actually going to search for. So every time you search, you give away a little bit of your privacy.

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