Give Windows 7 away for free!

India
November 20, 2008 1:56pm CST
That’s right, give it away. Microsoft has spent the better part of ten years trying to fashion themselves after Google, while Google in turn has been zeroed in on Microsoft Office. We are all aware that Google is the king of online advertising. Microsoft has wanted to compete in that space forever, which is why giving away Windows 7 makes so much sense. Let’s look at the numbers; Microsoft’s operating systems are on 90% of the world’s computers, or roughly one billion machines. That’s penetration on a massive scale. Even Google has to be impressed. So give Windows 7 away for free as an ad-supported operating system using the Microsoft Ad Center network. That would mean Microsoft serves ads on a billion machines versus the twelve people that currently use MSN. Besides, free is an incredibly seductive word to IT departments, who just had their wishlists pushed back two years in the wake of the recent financial meltdown. Just in time for the launch of Windows 7! This is business.
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@mariposaman (2968)
• Canada
22 Nov 08
I think one of the problems with Windows Vista is that you need a new computer to run it on. A lot of people are quite happy with windows XP in spite of a few short comings I like XP. So if I did not upgrade to Vista because I also need an computer upgrade, do I need another new computer upgrade to operate Windows 7. If so I doubt you could really call it free.
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• India
22 Nov 08
Yes. You are right. There are a lot of hardware specifications in Vista for which you most probably have to upgrade. I wish windows 7 will be a bit down to earth.
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@mirage108 (3403)
• United States
20 Nov 08
That sounds good, I might have to look at it when it comes out in 2010
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• India
21 Nov 08
I thought it will be out by the second quarter of 2009 - 10
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@deeeky (3669)
• Edinburgh, Scotland
21 Nov 08
It is not free really as Microsoft uses us as guinea pigs so that we find all the bugs for them. When all the bugs have been found, by us doing the work for them, then they will release the latest version to be paid for.
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• India
21 Nov 08
I dont think this is the case they are releasing the beta version
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@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
20 Nov 08
yes I have a friend who installed it on his computer just last night and he likes it very much but I must be honest i am getting a bit confused with all the programs, is this an update to Vista or are they the same or what, I just don't get all these different things, I just got used to XP.....
@mirage108 (3403)
• United States
20 Nov 08
How did your friend install Windows 7 when it hasnt been released yet? Or did he install a beta version?
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@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
20 Nov 08
My friend is a member of some part of Microsoft that he gets things first to trial, he did say it was early days yet....
• India
21 Nov 08
Indeed it will be kind of update of vista.
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