Update: After I posted this, the original link at Daring Fireball was changed, with no indication that it was changed, to a more tasteful, less offensive site. The screenshots I captured below were accurate at the time.
More thoughts over at ZDNet: How outraged should you be about ads in Windows 8 apps? Not at all
This is hilarious.
Gruber’s one-word comment: “Gross.”
Why is this so funny?
Follow that link and you come to an article that complains, mildly, that the Bing apps in Windows 8 (not Windows 8 itself, mind you) have ads in them.
But here’s what that Hot Hardware web page looks like:
See the word “advertisements” right under the screenshot? That double blue underline, ironically, means that the word has been transformed into an ad. If you accidentally move your mouse pointer over it, this is what happens:
That popup appears automatically and immediately, as soon as the mouse pointer passes over the word. No clicking required. And if you move your mouse pointer away, the popup window remains open.
And three seconds later, my browser window was taken over by an auto-playing video clip, complete with obnoxious audio.
So, to review:
A Windows 8 user who chooses to use the included News, Finance, Travel, and Weather apps will see occasional ads. If they don’t like them, they can choose not to use the apps. They can even uninstall them.
Meanwhile, Gruber sends his readers to a site that uses auto-playing video popups.