Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Nov 2008 00:11 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Windows Every now and then, an article pops up which argues that it would make sense for Microsoft to offer a free, ad-powered version of Windows. "We are all aware that Google is the king of online advertising. Microsoft has wanted to compete in that space forever, which is why giving away Windows 7 makes so much sense," Business Pundit argues, "Let's look at the numbers; Microsoft's operating systems are on 90% of the world's computers, or roughly one billion machines. That's penetration on a massive scale. Even Google has to be impressed." While these articles make some valid points, they rarely dive into the actual details.
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How sustainable is this?
by Yamin on Fri 21st Nov 2008 22:21 UTC
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It seems people want everything to be free or ad-supported... and then they naturally find a way out of seeing the ads ;) Just how sustainable of a business model is this? What products would we even advertise if everything is free ;)

And then we have the nerve to complain where all the 'good jobs' go? When you want everything as cheaply as possible and everything to be commodotized as quickly as possible... something is going to give.

By paying the 'microsoft tax' or the 'cisco tax' or other measures, you are supporting the industry that keeps people working. Now how do you balance getting things as cheaply as possible with paying for products from 'good companies'? I don't know, but it is something to think about.

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