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Old 11-08-2012, 12:16 PM
 
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Why am I not surprised..... free bundled ads.......

Microsoft gets more $$$$ from the advertisers but did they drop the price of the OS?

Next question that comes to mind is: Are they tracking me?



Microsoft's Big Hidden Windows 8 Feature: Built-In Advertising - HotHardware
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:45 PM
 
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"No, we're not talking about ads cluttering up the desktop or login screen (thankfully), but rather ads that can be found inside of some Modern UI apps that Windows ships with. That includes Finance, Weather, Travel, News and so forth."

So it's not the OS that has ads, but the bundled apps. If it is a concern, you can get around it by not using these apps (which are specific to the new Windows 8 modern UI).
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Scranton
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Another reason why I'll stay away from it.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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First of all, I agree with Phil. That's awful.

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Microsoft gets more $$$$ from the advertisers but did they drop the price of the OS?
Uh... yea. It's $40. It used to be $99. And PRO was $199. They say the price will go up in 2013 but we shall see.

Still... can I pay more for Win8 and NOT get ads?
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Wait a week or two; Some Chinese kid in his dorm room will figure out a way to crack the registration code and disable the advertisements and put it on Pirate Bay.
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Wandering.
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Wait a week or two; Some Chinese kid in his dorm room will figure out a way to crack the registration code and disable the advertisements and put it on Pirate Bay.
This has nothing to do with the Windows registration.

It's in app advertising on a few of the free apps (like with a phone or tablet).
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:51 AM
 
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"No, we're not talking about ads cluttering up the desktop or login screen (thankfully), but rather ads that can be found inside of some Modern UI apps that Windows ships with. That includes Finance, Weather, Travel, News and so forth."

So it's not the OS that has ads, but the bundled apps. If it is a concern, you can get around it by not using these apps (which are specific to the new Windows 8 modern UI).
Normal people (non-computer types) will not split hairs that it's the apps and not the OS that delivers the advertisements.

They will use whatever comes with the computer/fondleslab/phone and think it's normal...

It's surprising it took so long for Microsoft to embed advertisements within the OS....
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:53 AM
 
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It’s commercial time

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Never before has Microsoft been so unapologetic about tying its commercial interests so closely with the raw mechanics of its OS ecosystem. Although you’re free to set up your own default applications in Windows 8, or to install other apps to manage the multimedia as you see fit, there’s no question that Microsoft would prefer that you use its branded, tiled apps to watch or listen to content. And, oh, while you’re there, perhaps you might like to rent or purchase a movie or two from one of the tiles advertised on your screen.

It’s bad, folks. The Music app isn’t so much a media player as a storefront for Xbox Music. The Games app isn’t so much a portal for installed games as a platform for buying Windows 8 games—and even Xbox 360 games. And the same conceit holds true for the Video app. These are sales tools, not user-focused programs, and the sales pitch persists throughout the Windows ecosystem.
The Windows 8 ecosystem: 5 best and 5 worst features | PCWorld
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:43 PM
 
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Normal people (non-computer types) will not split hairs that it's the apps and not the OS that delivers the advertisements.

They will use whatever comes with the computer/fondleslab/phone and think it's normal...

It's surprising it took so long for Microsoft to embed advertisements within the OS....
That's possible. The average user will not be upset with the advertisements. It's no different than the web experience users have gotten accustom to. From the ux pespective, it's a non-issue.
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:45 AM
 
Location: Italy
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Normal people (non-computer types) will not split hairs that it's the apps and not the OS that delivers the advertisements.

They will use whatever comes with the computer/fondleslab/phone and think it's normal...

It's surprising it took so long for Microsoft to embed advertisements within the OS....
I think this is true ^^^ but mostly valid for the over-40/50ers. The older generation tends to accept things as they are, whereas children like to learn, and that's what computing is all about. Whether the next generation is fixated on making money, or instead more interested in making computers do lots of beautiful things for everyone to use and benefit from... will make all the difference.


Peace,
brian
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