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BLOG: Microsoft Bing-bang-bungles local search

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | Aug. 13, 2013
Search in Windows 8.1, now in preview, will use Bing to deliver targeted ads, even when you're just searching local drives.

Fortunately, you can turn this functionality off without much trouble. What you can't do in the preview -- but what you can do with any Web browser -- is pick a different search engine. If you want to use Internet search within Windows 8.1, it's Bing or nothing.

I don't know. Maybe people won't care. Goodness knows they seem indifferent to the revelation that the NSA is peering over their shoulders. Perhaps they'll be as nonchalant about sharing all their local searches with Microsoft -- even if Microsoft did claim to think that such activity was just awful only a few months ago.


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