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New Search Ad Experiences within Windows 8.1

  1. #31


    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    If you use Google or Bing in your browser you get ads. All MS did was include Bing in the 8.1 search feature and you can turn off the Bing search with a simple option. Its not a big deal, just turn it off.

    Jim
    As I've been saying all along > As long as there's a choice what's the big deal?

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  2. #32


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    The idea is you still use google search - but without being tracked.

    Quote Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Wenda,
    You could try this:
    We don't collect any personal information on our visitors. Nada. Zilch. Zero.
    https://startpage.com/
    It just looks like a repackaged google custom search for the intention of serving google ads to me
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  3. #33


    USA
    Posts : 689
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Wait... Google doesn't track you

    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    The idea is you still use google search - but without being tracked.
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  4. #34


    Quote Originally Posted by Sygnus21
    It's just an integrated search. If I want, I can just as easily use it to search my PC as I could to search the Internet. What's not to like about that Obviously if you know you're looking for it on the PC you can just ignore the internet results. I see nothing wrong with the feature myself. To each his own though.
    Why I would want to use a software which mix results from the internet with those on my PC...?
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  5. #35


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    Quote Originally Posted by Fredledingue View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sygnus21
    It's just an integrated search. If I want, I can just as easily use it to search my PC as I could to search the Internet. What's not to like about that Obviously if you know you're looking for it on the PC you can just ignore the internet results. I see nothing wrong with the feature myself. To each his own though.
    Why I would want to use a software which mix results from the internet with those on my PC...?
    Just because you don't want it doesn't mean someone else might want to use it. You have the choice on how it searches just look at the options.

    Jim
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  6. #36


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8 Pro and RT


    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Fredledingue View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sygnus21
    It's just an integrated search. If I want, I can just as easily use it to search my PC as I could to search the Internet. What's not to like about that Obviously if you know you're looking for it on the PC you can just ignore the internet results. I see nothing wrong with the feature myself. To each his own though.
    Why I would want to use a software which mix results from the internet with those on my PC...?
    Just because you don't want it doesn't mean someone else might want to use it. You have the choice on how it searches just look at the options.

    Jim
    I don't disagree with the thought. However, looking at this from the, "who will know to go here to turn this off" view, it seems Microsoft is herding the common user into Bing and ads when they want to use a search. Those people likely will not realize they have a choice because the navigation to turn off the feature is not self evident.
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  7. #37


    What I wanted to say is that searching the iinternet and searching in my computer are totaly different activities. And I can't figure with any stretch of the imagination, how one could do both on the same iinterface.
    You either disable web search to look for files on your computer or you re-enable websearch to look for infos on the internet. It's inneficient save for displaying adds.
    Most of poeple (99%) make a very clear distinction between what is on their computer and what is on the web. The idea at Microsoft that you can blurr the limits between the two and take it as a global source of information is again a design failure.
    They definetly doesn't know what poeple use their computer for. Even worse: it seems that they want to change the way you use a computer.
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  8. #38


    Posts : 5,360
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    Even worse: it seems that they want to change the way you use a computer.
    Bingo.
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  9. #39


    Adelaide
    Posts : 1,338
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)

    From a certain point of view


    Quote Originally Posted by Fredledingue View Post
    Most of poeple (99%) make a very clear distinction between what is on their computer and what is on the web. The idea at Microsoft that you can blurr the limits between the two and take it as a global source of information is again a design failure.
    MS can claim those ads are "page clicks" and get paid for them.

    So it's a total success, "from a certain point of view".
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  10. #40


    Posts : 902
    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode


    Quote Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
    Wait... Google doesn't track you

    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    The idea is you still use google search - but without being tracked.
    Startpage doesn't track you, and startpage uses google to search. So google tracks them, but not you.
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