Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 15th Nov 2005 06:14 UTC, submitted by Anon_Poster
Microsoft Even as Microsoft readies a host of new ad-supported online services to battle rivals, the software maker has been mulling a plan to offer free, ad-supported versions of some of its desktop products, CNET News.com has learned.
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by Kroc on Tue 15th Nov 2005 07:05 UTC
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

And next week they'll be releasing a box for a standard 5.25 inch bay where you pop in coins at a regular interval to keep your computer running...

Only the thinking of companies like Real, the RIAA and Microsoft could come up with something so offensive.

Google will use this to their advantage if it is to be true.

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just what we need
by Robocoastie on Tue 15th Nov 2005 14:22 in reply to "RE"
Robocoastie Member since:
2005-09-15

just what we need - more adware.

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RE: just what we need
by jptros on Tue 15th Nov 2005 16:44 in reply to "RE"
jptros Member since:
2005-08-26

Right, and Microsoft is going to force you to use this software as opposed to buying a version that doesn't have ads.

Give and people want more. Don't use it if you don't like it.

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by JLF65 on Tue 15th Nov 2005 21:44 in reply to "RE"
JLF65 Member since:
2005-07-06

And next week they'll be releasing a box for a standard 5.25 inch bay where you pop in coins at a regular interval to keep your computer running...

Only the thinking of companies like Real, the RIAA and Microsoft could come up with something so offensive.


Actually, this is already the case at both colleges and Kinkos across the country. Back at the University of Houston, one of the four computer labs used "parking meters" on the computer power supplies. Keep feeding it money or the power automatically goes off. Kinkos has been renting time on computers for more than a decade. The only thing new would be to see this on home computers.

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