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  1. Joined : Jan 2014
    Carencro, LA 70520
    Posts : 7,627
    Windows 10
       28 Jul 2015 #1

    Want to remove the ads from Solitaire in Windows 10? That'll be $1.49.


    Microsoft is once again bundling Solitaire with Windows, but if you want an ad-free experience then that's going to cost you.

    The app in question is the Microsoft Solitaire app, and as first reported by PC World, the app prompts users to "upgrade" to the premium version for $1.49 a month (or $9.99 a year) to remove the ads and get some "coins" and "power boosts."

    A similar system existed in Windows 8/8.1, but the game wasn't bundled with the operating system and was a separate download.
    With Windows 10 being offered to so many people as a freebie, it's natural that Microsoft will want to explore other revenue streams. Ads, and paying for their removal, is an obvious revenue stream, but from what I can tell this ad-ladened bundle will also ship with OEM and paid-for copies of Windows 10. So not only do you get to experience the joy of paying for the operating system, you also get the adware version of Solitaire.
    The other advantage for Microsoft is that the more people it can get signed up to the app store with a payment method, the more likely they are to spend.
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  2. Joined : Jul 2014
    UK
    Posts : 16,429
    Windows 10
       28 Jul 2015 #2

    Thanks for the info

    Think I will put up with the ads
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  3. Joined : Oct 2013
    North West Indianapolis, Indiana
    Posts : 446
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit and VM
       28 Jul 2015 #3

    You wanted Windows as a service. Well now you are going to either put up with adverts or cough up $$$$. Won't be long before we get a METRO AD BLOCKER Program.
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  4. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 147
    Windows 10 x64
       28 Jul 2015 #4

    Not just $1.49 -- it's that much every single month.

    To me, that's just garbage. Somehow, Microsoft managed to include Solitaire with previous versions of Windows, free of any annoying ads or any other "cloud connections."

    In my opinion, anything included with the system -- Weather, Solitaire, News, Sports, etc. -- should not have ads or anything of the like.
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  5. Joined : Oct 2014
    Manchester CT
    Posts : 272
    Windows 10 Fast Ring
       28 Jul 2015 #5

    Brave new world out there now. The old ways of making money, ads in newspapers, catalogs mailed to you, magazines subscriptions, all are changing. Don't expect the first free OS from MS not to come with a large number of changes.
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  6. Joined : Jun 2014
    San Diego, CA
    Posts : 1,236
    Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview x64
       28 Jul 2015 #6

    jfreemont said: View Post
    Somehow, Microsoft managed to include Solitaire with previous versions of Windows, free of any annoying ads or any other "cloud connections."
    To be fair, they also charged for all those previous versions of Windows. It's a lot easier to bundle Solitaire for free when people are paying $100+ for your operating system.

    You can't expect Microsoft to give away Windows and not try to make any money at all.
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  7. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 259
    Windows 7 (SP1)
       28 Jul 2015 #7

    blackroseMD1 said: View Post
    To be fair, they also charged for all those previous versions of Windows. It's a lot easier to bundle Solitaire for free when people are paying $100+ for your operating system.

    You can't expect Microsoft to give away Windows and not try to make any money at all.
    I'm not sure I agree, what they are telling you is that this is a paid for version, that you get for free, not a cut down version of a paid product. The adverts even show the price crossed out replaced with 'free'.
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  8. Joined : May 2015
    Posts : 31
    Windows 10
       28 Jul 2015 #8

    What happened to Microsoft supposedly having a stance against ads? I understand ads in the web, but please not in my apps.
    I wish they would go the route of basic free apps, and offer an upgrade users can purchase to gain access to their more feature rich versions.(like they are doing with the new office apps).
    I am in the minority on this issue but if I install apps on my phone and see ads they get removed asap.(The app has to be amazing to stay) It's not like there are no alternatives to solitaire, or other apps Microsoft might want to add ads to.
    I don't get ads in any of the stock google apps on my android phone(obviously except YouTube and Google Chrome) and Google is the king of ad revenue.

    I was under the impression free windows 10 was a move to get people interested in their phone business, services like Cortana, and to move as many people to the current generation of their Os as possible, not to inundate us with ads. Ok so a couple of apps with ads doesn't equate to us being flooded with ads, but it could be the start of a very good Gordon Kelly fear mongering article.

    I will still upgrade to windows 10, but I hope this isn't the start of a trend where a few years from now ads in desktop apps are considered normal and acceptable.
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  9. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 190
    Win 10 Home Build 1607 64bit
       28 Jul 2015 #9

    welcometoheaven said: View Post
    I was under the impression free windows 10 was a move to get people interested in their phone business, services like Cortana, and to move as many people to the current generation of their Os as possible, not to inundate us with ads. Ok so a couple of apps with ads doesn't equate to us being flooded with ads, but it could be the start of a very good Gordon Kelly fear mongering article.

    I will still upgrade to windows 10, but I hope this isn't the start of a trend where a few years from now ads in desktop apps are considered normal and acceptable.

    Totally agree ! Note the Edge Browser (at present).

    Free upgrade also to alleviate the mistakes of Win 8.
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  10. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 164
    windows 10
       28 Jul 2015 #10

    It's only $10 a year c'mon guys. The ads are not a biggie either. I don't understand we got a $150 OS for free but complaining about $10
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