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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RE[4]: Grasping at straws...
by StaubSaugerNZ on Fri 21st Nov 2008 19:32 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Grasping at straws..."
StaubSaugerNZ
Member since:
2007-07-13

Remember that firefox (Phoenix) wasnt even yet around when ie 6 came out and netscape were basically dead


Utter rubbish. Plenty of us were using 'Mozilla' long before Firefox was split off. Just because The Followers didn't know about it doesn't mean the Early Adopters weren't aware of it.

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modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

The point is that Mozy was a pile of turd and could not compete with IE 6. it took a retooling of the mozy code to create firefox and start throwign punches back at MS.

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RE[5]: Grasping at straws...
by rajan r on Sat 22nd Nov 2008 06:39 in reply to "RE[4]: Grasping at straws..."
rajan r Member since:
2005-07-27

Uhm, people did know about Mozilla. Seamonkey-based Netscape 6 did horribly in the market (and probably sealed Netscape's fate), as did most early versions of Seamonkey. There was a reason why Firefox eventually replaced Seamonkey: Seamonkey was slow and buggy.

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

Early adopters are not, and never have been, MS's core target audience.

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StaubSaugerNZ Member since:
2007-07-13

Early adopters are not, and never have been, MS's core target audience.


True. However the earlier poster's assertion that there was nothing usable before Phoenix, which is untrue (early adopters saw some merit in Mozilla).

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