Microsoft launches 'Bing in the Classroom' program to provide ad-free search for schools

By Himanshu Arora ยท 9 replies
Apr 23, 2014
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  1. In an effort to expand the reach of Bing, Microsoft has launched an ad-free, customized version of its search engine for use within schools, according to Wall Street Journal. Dubbed Bing in the Classroom, the program exited the pilot stage...

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    How about a completely ad free search engine for everyone? I could go for that.
  3. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    Would you pay for it?
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Pay??? Don't use such profanity in my presence!!! :p No I wouldn't, I've already paid for AdBlock and it's money well spent.
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  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,738   +3,706

    As long as MS is packaging everything within the purchase price of their OS, no I would not pay extra for a service that is already paid for.

    Besides what is the difference in having Bing search box in the toolbar of a blank page, and having a ad free Bing search page?

    We all deserve an environment free from Ads. We all know what it is we want to see. We don't need to see a bunch of **** someone wants to sell us. It only serves to clutter up our experience and is ignored in the process.
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  6. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    Not sure what you mean by packaging everything into the OS price. Is Bing somehow included in that?

    Also, your second question makes no sense. Obviously this is for search results, where ads are actually displayed, not for home pages. Even the Bing home page doesn't display any ads that I'm aware of.
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,738   +3,706

    Don't pay any attention to me on this one. I'm just ranting over the idea of paying more when there is so much **** packaged in Windows install that I will never use. It gives me the impression I'm not getting my moneys worth because I paid for things I don't use. And then the thought of paying more to remove anything annoying is too much. Whats next paying to have features removed, such as WMP?
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  8. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Not just that but saying ONLY students get to have an ad free environment when your search results include ads is the most stupidest thing you could ever do...

    Microsoft is trying to increase their market share plain and simple its not about doing the right thing for microsoft...
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    I hate ad's being shoved in my face as much as the next person but they are an evil necessity in some instances like keeping TechSpot free for us to enjoy but I don't want to be constantly distracted by irrelevant and uninteresting ad's hence I use an ad blocker. It works like a charm. As for conglomerates like MS, they make more than enough money and I won't pay them or their type a penny more than I have to.
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  10. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Evangelist Posts: 415   +186

    I actually don't mind, or some times even notice the ad's on Bing results. I've been using Bing as my primay search engine for about 2 months. Yes it has ad's, but MSFT kind of sneaks it in an a less obnoxious manner, as it's surrounded by larger info boxes that contain relevant content and non-advertisement information. So while you do have a small ad, the related search box & information box is way larger than the ad.
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2014
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