Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Apr 2012 19:28 UTC
Apple Steve Jobs once considered an ad-supported version of Mac OS 9. Users would see a 60-second Apple-updated commercial during boot, as well as several other ads throughout the system. This all was tied to selling operating system updates - "this is how Microsoft does it... It's like printing money", Jobs said. While the idea was financially sound, Apple decided against it because too many negatives arose.
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RE: Negatives?
by WorknMan on Thu 26th Apr 2012 21:47 UTC in reply to "Negatives?"
WorknMan
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2005-11-13

I would expect MS to try pulling off something like this before Apple. In fact, I'm surprised they haven't already. (Or maybe they did and I just missed it.) I mean, hell... if they did it like their Xbox Live service, they would charge full price for it and STILL show people ads.

Edited 2012-04-26 21:48 UTC

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RE[2]: Negatives?
by jptros on Thu 26th Apr 2012 22:22 in reply to "RE: Negatives?"
jptros Member since:
2005-08-26

There's a version of office that has an advertisement area in the startup pane:

http://i.zdnet.com/blogs/office-starter-2010-with-sidebar.jpg

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RE[2]: Negatives?
by zima on Thu 26th Apr 2012 22:52 in reply to "RE: Negatives?"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

"Ads in OS" is sort of here, also in an Apple OS (isn't that what iAd is about? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IAd ...even if intrudes less - not when you just interact with the OS)

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RE[3]: Negatives?
by WorknMan on Fri 27th Apr 2012 03:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Negatives?"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Well, no... not really. iAd is more of an API for applications. And to be honest, it's a huge improvement over the Windows model, where every 'free' app you install wants to install it's own browser toolbar.

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