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[Engadget] Microsoft ties Bing Ads into Windows 8.1 Smart Search

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With Windows 8.1, Microsoft made a significant change to the way users search: it unified the experience to include web, cloud, app and system results. Now, the company's putting something else into Smart Search: Bing Ads. It's okay if this strikes you as a bit troubling -- most users are accustomed to seeing ads display within browser-based search, not OS-driven queries. But that's the new face of Win 8.1, like it or not.

Edited by Tippy - 7/3/13 at 2:56pm
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Microsoft, stahp.

Honeslty I did notice them...very small, but unintrusive and only active in the search. While I hope they don't permiate other parts of the OS...these aren't that bad.
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Does anyone know if this new "feature" is in the 8.1 preview? I haven't seen any ads in my searches yet, but that may be because I basically turned off every option available during the install.
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I see, when I first heard about this I was worried, but basically they only show on the Bing search so... it's like any other internet search. Doesn't display in the search results when using the start screen unless you specifically select the internet search.
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Does does this mean when I start typing in the search that I'll get bing results as well as other results besides just apps. Like when I search for device manager?
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Wow. So, anyone actually OK with this? I am not. Of course I don't run Windows 8.
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Does does this mean when I start typing in the search that I'll get bing results as well as other results besides just apps. Like when I search for device manager?
It's a bit similar to the Windows 8 search, where you can click through to the options that show, so doing a web search is one of the options available. It won't show unless you click through to it though.

I'll post a screen of the new search from my surface later today if I get a chance. Can't find a good screen showing it but maybe my Google-fu is failing me right now.
Edited by Xeio - 7/3/13 at 11:44am
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Sense everything is powered by Bing search now, you wont even be able to find local resources any more.



Thanks Obama
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If there are ads on my OS, then I shouldn't have to pay for my OS. Simple as that.
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