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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Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

Are you saying that by default a retail or OEM version of windows 8. will *not* come with Bing ads in search results? If it is something that only shows up after installing the Bing app from the windows store, then I'd agree with you.

If its something that is installed by default and turned on by default in windows 8.1, then I don't agree. This is what all of the Microsoft blog posts seem to say. But if they're wrong, then they're wrong.
Windows is more than the kernel, its the operating system, and the default apps. I would still blame windows and also include them in any complaint if its included.

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RE[10]: Comment by BeamishBoy
by Nelson on Fri 5th Jul 2013 21:13 in reply to "RE[9]: Comment by BeamishBoy"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

I'm actually not sure if Bing is completely severable. I need to get home and check. Itd be a step backwards if it wasn't. With Windows 8 the only unremovable modern app was the Store which had special privileges anyway.

I guess my general way of summing it up, and why the search results don't bother me is this: Its not in Windows proper per say. The ad results are shown inside the canvas of the Bing app, and not in the OS itself.

For example the ads don't invade the search charm and advertising on live tiles or notifications is forbidden.

Given this, the story here is that Bing which happens to show advertisements inside the app ships by default. This isn't new to Windows, Windows 8 shipped with a few apps that had advertisements too.

Its up to that team.

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