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[6]: Comment by BeamishBoy
by WorknMan on Fri 5th Jul 2013 20:50 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by BeamishBoy"
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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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