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    Exclamation How MS will attempt to make money from the "free" Windows 10

    From SlashDot:

    Microsoft Now Uses Windows 10's Start Menu To Display Ads

    http://tech.slashdot.org/story/15/10/15/1422256/microsoft-now-uses-windows-10s-start-menu-to-display-ads

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    Of course, Microsoft is not describing them as ads; 'Suggested apps' has a much more approachable and fluffy feel to it. Maybe. This is a 'feature' that's currently only being shown to Windows Insiders, but it could spread to everyone else. Will it be well-received?

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    You're more likely to get the "ads" from the freebee store apps installed and left "live" on the integrated start menu.
    Though I have yet to see any in my experimenting with installing various Weather apps.

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    On my Windows 10 TP system, build 10240, I am getting ads (or gentle persuasion as some might call it) for Office 365.

    I have Office 2007 installed on this system. This is NOT a freebee store ap. Thus, MS is attempting to generate a revenue producing stream from aspects of Win10, recognizing that I have Office installed. And of course, we all expected they would. However, some on these forums poo-poo that as normal. Unfortunately, as soon as the marketing forces recognize this as a way to defeat browser ad-blockers, using Windows 10 could become a difficult situation for a big segment of the customer population (and make money for MS but how long will that last?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldITguy View Post
    From the original article:

    On the plus side, it is possible to switch off the feature -- just right click the suggestion and you can opt to hide a particular app, or disable all future suggestions.

    You can also opt out of suggestions by heading to Settings > Personalization > Start and toggle the Occasionally show suggestions in Start setting.


    Microsoft now uses Windows 10's Start menu to display ads


    Quote Originally Posted by oldITguy View Post
    On my Windows 10 TP system, build 10240, I am getting ads (or gentle persuasion as some might call it) for Office 365.
    Try uninstalling the Get Office app from All apps (right-click, Uninstall).

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