p2pnet news | Advertising:- Can you use ‘free’ and ‘advertising supported’ in the same sentence?
Of course you can. The online biggies do it all the time.
Now Bill and the Boyz plan to offer a “free, advertising-supported” version of Microsoft Works (normally $40) as part of a test program with computers manufacturers, says Reuters.
Apparently, Microsoft has been, “pondering the future of Microsoft Works, its basic spreadsheet and word processing software, in the face of rising competition from Google Inc.’s suite of business software services,” says the story going on:
“Unlike Google Docs and Spreadsheets, which are delivered through an Internet browser, Microsoft plans to pre-install Works on computers and display advertisements stored in cache.”
Does that really mean pre-installed advertisements? Like it or not?
Aimed at students, “and other customers unwilling to shell out for Microsoft Office,” Works includes a word processor and spreadsheet along with several other applications. It lacks many of the advanced features in Office and uses different file formats than the .doc or .xls used by Word and Excel, says Computerworld UK, adding:
“Works 9.0 is already bouncing around on peer-to-peer networks such as BitTorrent.”
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Reuters – Microsoft to test ad-supported version of Works, August 2, 2007
Computerworld UK – Is Microsoft preparing Works Online to take on Google Docs?, August 2, 2007