1. Tw4T's Avatar
    Hi, after updating the Microsoft apps on my wp8.1 device I was shocked to see adverts for the first time. Before the update there where simple ads that linked to other MS products, ie Finance, but now the adverts are FAR more intrusive. After looking at the weather app today there was a prominent add that looked like a mini control panel with the "message" icon stating I had a message. Out of curiosity I clicked the ad and was redirected multiple times to a website that had a fake competition stating I was eligible to win an iPad. After reading the small print, it was in fact a subscription service that costs 5 a month via a premium rate text service. I am not at all happy with this kind of advertising and Microsoft should be ashamed of themselves. I bought a Window phone fair and square and did not not buy an advertising platform. This must stop. How can I remove these adverts and complain to MS. I am really not happy that windows phone is travelling the same dodgy road as Android. What do you think, should MSN apps ( news, weather, finance, health and fitness etc.. ) place these types of ads in there software?
    10-09-2014 03:38 AM
  2. Shinigami910's Avatar
    I have just opened all my msn apps I have installed. And im not seeing the problem you are. I see no ad banner in the app at all. Could you please post a screenshot?
    10-09-2014 03:54 AM
  3. Tw4T's Avatar
    Heres a link to the subscription advert screenshot in Weather App.

    10-09-2014 05:14 AM
  4. dainguyen2193's Avatar
    10-09-2014 05:31 AM
  5. Tw4T's Avatar
    So the smiley means ..... ?????
    10-09-2014 12:15 PM
  6. hipporama's Avatar
    I use the MSN/Bing apps regularly. Not once have I seen any ads.
    10-09-2014 12:55 PM
  7. Tw4T's Avatar
    Could it have anything to do with the fact I flashed a HK variant to a GB version? I'm still seeing the small banner ad at the bottom of the MSN/Bing apps, today there for Experian (UK Credit Reference Firm). Really annoying.
    10-10-2014 01:28 AM
  8. Tw4T's Avatar
    Surely other people must be seeing these ads, can't just be me.
    10-14-2014 08:56 AM
  9. Jas00555's Avatar
    I'm not sure how that's possible. I've never seen an ad on the phone version.
    10-14-2014 09:17 AM
  10. Tw4T's Avatar
    I've just done a hard reset and disabled "Advertising Preference Sharing" in the setup procedure. Next time I come across the ad in either News or Weather ( where I was seeing them the most ) I'll post another screenshot.
    10-14-2014 10:57 AM
  11. Tw4T's Avatar
    And a few seconds later when I've checked News I see a Bing advert :-( Starting to get a tad pissed off now.

    Link :- http://1drv.ms/1vro8NI
    10-14-2014 11:01 AM
  12. Tw4T's Avatar
    And here's an advert for 'netmums' in MSN Food and Drink. http://1drv.ms/1vroILk
    10-14-2014 11:04 AM
  13. Tw4T's Avatar
    And one more for 'Halifax Bank' in Money this time.

    10-14-2014 11:04 AM
  14. o0Nighthawk0o's Avatar
    I did finally find one in the Food and Drink app. Took a lot of digging to find it as the ads are not prominent and are inserted at the bottom of the page.

    Considering that the app is provided for free to the end user I don't think a small advertisement is all that big of a deal. Maybe you feel that charging for the app would be better?
    10-14-2014 11:37 AM
  15. anon(5969054)'s Avatar
    Also seeing ads. An ad to Bing.com in the news app. Extremely disappointed. But I'm afraid we are doomed to follow the same route as Google. MS products will be full of ads in the future especially when windows 10 becomes a free OS. That's why I am against it becoming free. It will ruin everything and they can never go back because then people get angry. So we are doomed to see more ads in the future. I'm afraid even on the start screen eventually.
    10-15-2014 07:18 AM
  16. Tw4T's Avatar
    I haven't mentioned I suffer from OCD, and one of the symptom are not being able to cope with ANY adverts, the sight of just one makes me have to do a hard reset. I know its totally illogical but its the way my brain works unfortunately. So yes, I would quite happily pay for a premium app that was advert free. Moving to windows phone from google was a god send to me in the beginning, but now, I am getting no enjoyment out of my L1520. As crise said, advertising is the future and I'm afraid I am going to have to leave WP and go back to a "dumb" phone. I Hope that me opening up explains why I am so obsessed with the ads in msn products. I hope you understand.
    10-16-2014 04:57 AM
  17. anon(5969054)'s Avatar
    People want everything free, we are doomed to get everything for free but full of ads. I think your dumb phone wont save you for long as I think they will eventually die out.
    10-17-2014 10:39 AM

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