- Apr 12, 2001
Of interest, Microsoft is reportedly working on an ad-supported version of Microsoft Office.
Article Link: Apple Exploring Ad-Supported Operating Systems?
I think the knee-jerk negative reaction is silly. It's obviously an optional thing.
I don't know how much sense it makes for an OS. But the idea seems to be that you would get the OS for free (for example). In the past, people could get whole computers for free. Would you accept a free Mac Mini if it had ads in it? Some people would.
In my mind it makes more sense for an application (like MS Office) where you might not use it enough to justify the spend, but might use it intermittently and not mind seeing an ad to use it for 30 minutes.