I’m sure the guys at MS have done it as a way to make advert money. Another thread also talked about pop ups like this. It seems to be a growing trend.
Still better than actually paying for the net though.
I normally access my Hotmail account through MS Outlook Express, but recently on the occassions that I have accessed it through my MSN homepage I have received some annoying Pop-ups. I don’t remember what they were for, although the Ebay ad mentioned does ring a bell.
I agree that advertisement is the price we are doomed to pay for the majority of these “free” services; such as, email and forums, etc. However, that fact doesn’t make these ads any less annoying.
The I-net companies have learned that users have developed a knack for ignoring banner type ads, as we have with commercial television ads. Hence, the increased use of the Pop-up ads as alternatives.
I usually click mine closed before they even load completely. Unfortunately, I also miss some important notifications doing this. Oh well… If they want to tell me something important about a site they can put it on their main page.
I have been getting the damned things for the past few days, always when I log out. When they respond to your email, tell them we’re all pretty p.o.'d about it.
I have noticed them as well, but I got a program from AnalogX called POW! which kills popup windows that you tell it to. Very handy. Catch that program here -> http://www.analogx.com/contents/download/network/pow.htm
I checked my Hotmail account for the first time in two months today, since I was stranded at a client site without my normal e-mail.
Anyway, besides having 661 pieces of spam to delete, I noticed the pop-up ads, too.
Quite strange. A lot of them seem to be stuff that you wouldn’t expect to see advertised on MS-related sites.
I haven’t had any pop-ups on Hotmail, although the amount of junk mail has rocketed since they brought in the “inbox protector”. Coincidence? Hmmm.
I get popups on hotmail and mail.com and a couple other places. No biggie - I just kill 'em before they finish loading.
I guess I’d be more ticked if it wasn’t for my cable modem - I’m guessing on my old slow phone connection, it’d really slow things down.
Alas, 'tis the price we pay for living in a capitalist society. I have more important things to get my panties in a wad…
No, I haven’t had any. And I just checked my hotmail a couple of minutes ago.