Microsoft may open Windows for free

by admin November 16, 2005 at 2:57 pm

Redmond considering advertising-supported versions of its flagship products

Microsoft is considering the possibility of free, advertising supported versions of its applications including Windows.

An internal research paper prepared for an executive brainstorming session recommends looking into delivering software such as Works, Money and Windows free of charge, supported by advertising revenues.

However, Michael Gartenberg, research vice president at analyst firm Jupiter Research, said that the paper should not be seen as confirmation that Microsoft is actually planning such a move.

“This just an exploratory thing that is far more for discussion than a plan, ” he told ” Microsoft is not shifting its business plan this week.”

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