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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by MechaShiva on Fri 21st Nov 2008 02:30 UTC
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When people are using their computer and an ad pops up...they call me cause their computer is broken. And this guy thinks it's a good idea if Microsoft just went balls deep and make that the baseline condition (yes, I am stretching a bit here, but bear with me)? How would this work?

"My computer keeps getting these pop ups! Help!"
"Turns out your computer is supposed to do that now. At least it doesn't slow down as much with these sanctioned ads from...hello?"

Maybe I'm looking at this the wrong way. Maybe they would want to convince people that advertising pop ups and spyware are normal and a beneficial user experience. If you gotta get slammed with spyware and adware, it may as well be somewhat targetted and not all a bunch of big dick pill ads.

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