Looking Back on My Original “Slippery Slope” Article (Premium)

I’ve been pushing back against Microsoft’s escalation of advertising in Windows since the beginning. Here’s my original “Slippery Slope” article about ads in Windows 8 from late 2012, with a bit of additional commentary.

The original article---which is surprisingly short and to the point---nicely stands the test of time, in my opinion. Who knows? Maybe the brevity helps.

Being right certainly helps. And while I don’t live for this as much as some people, this is absolutely one of my finest moments as a consumer advocate. Ads do cheapen Windows. Period.

In fact, this was so obviously a win that I rewrote it for Windows 10 here on Thurrott.com as Microsoft Cheapens Windows 10 with Ads in 2016. The premise, of course, is the same. What’s interesting is that the...

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