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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It's been tried before...
by TemporalBeing on Fri 21st Nov 2008 03:36 UTC
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...and the company failed.

Typical screen resolutions were 640x480 at the time - they used a 600x800 and let the user have 640x480, and filled the rest with ads. Ads were downloaded every night. Users got a Free Windows PC and Free Internet too I think.

At least, they completely exited that kind of market...

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