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Take a look at the images in this article by Ed Bott: http://www.zdnet.com/how-outraged-should-you-be-about-ads-in... (also linked from this story). You think maybe it was a mere oversight that the ads all appear where they are completely unobtrusive? Seems more likely to me that Microsoft is trying to get some ad revenue while intentionally presenting the minimum possible annoyance to users.

Yeah, I remember when cable TV worked that way, too.

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