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[ExtremeTech] Microsoft now preloading TripAdvisor bloatware into Windows 10

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The travel company TripAdvisor announced a major partnership deal with Microsoft today. Starting this year, a hefty chunk of Windows 10 PCs will ship with TripAdvisor installed by default across tablets, smartphones, and mobile devices.

Microsoft and TA don’t specify exactly which devices will ship with the app installed, but TripAdvisor’s PR statement reads: “The TripAdvisor app for Windows 10 will be available in 47 markets and will be pre-loaded on millions of Windows 10 compatible devices in 2016.” [emphasis added]
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It’s surprising to see Microsoft taking this step, given its previous stance on bloatware and pre-bundled software. For years, one of the major selling points of the Microsoft Store has been its Signature Edition PCs. These systems ship without any kind of “extra” software installed by the OEM. After Lenovo’s Superfish debacle and some nifty security failures from both Dell and Samsung, a Signature Edition PC was the best way to purchase the hardware you wanted without worrying about the security flaws created by pre-installed third-party products.

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Ugh and this is only the start of the problem, in some years we will be forced to see some pop up ads before open anything.
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Uh? What's the issue? I travel frequently and use tripadvisor every time. Although I am not a fan of bloatware in general especially on tablets, tripadvisor is actually very useful to anyone that actually travels...
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Uh? What's the issue? I travel frequently and use tripadvisor every time. Although I am not a fan of bloatware in general especially on tablets, tripadvisor is actually very useful to anyone that actually travels...

Congrats I guess, not all of us are really interested in traveling or have the time to travel, much less have our activities and browsing habits monitored to be plastered with travel agency, hotel or airline ads.
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Uh? What's the issue? I travel frequently and use tripadvisor every time. Although I am not a fan of bloatware in general especially on tablets, tripadvisor is actually very useful to anyone that actually travels...

I actually kind of agree with the anti-10 crowd with some of the preinstalled stuff. It's not that it's taking away control of your system per se, more like it's injecting "ads" into the OS itself.

Really though, it's not a huge deal. You can, of course, uninstall. And is this really different than what any phone comes preloaded with? Or even some Linux distros - remember the Ubuntu fiasco with the built-in Amazon search bar?
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I keep a windows 7 legal activated image of my pc for paranoid reasons, but increasingly less paranoid every month.
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Uh? What's the issue? I travel frequently and use tripadvisor every time. Although I am not a fan of bloatware in general especially on tablets, tripadvisor is actually very useful to anyone that actually travels...

and what about those who don't' want it nor travel?


EDIT: I use all OSes including 10 on several machines, i like it cause it's fast but, i want to keep it bloat free.
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And now we know how they plan to monetize the OS after giving away so many free upgrades. Blerg.
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Dont be suprised when MS announces a windows 10 ultimate which contains none of this garbage, has wider support for games, contains performance fixes and bundled with office 365; all cost 99$.
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Windows 8 already had bundled app installed by default.
I'm not sure how this is a problem.
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