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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lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

As long as Microsoft was able to ensure that the Ad Service was never disabled


Unfortunately for Microsoft this would be the easiest thing in the world to circumvent ... just wipe Windows.

If Windows was free but annoyingly cluttered with ads, and there was a free, open, better performing and add free alternative available ... why wouldn't people just wipe Windows?

Nothing lost by wiping ... Windows didn't cost anything remeber?

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JonathanBThompson Member since:
2006-05-26

It appears you didn't fully catch my subtle sarcasm encoded in my post, clearly explaining why this would be an example of a successful failure ;)

Edited 2008-11-21 19:55 UTC

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