Microsoft to offer free ad-supported version of Works
Google offers free software, so why shouldn’t Microsoft? Well, that’s what it will be doing, but with a different business model to Google.
Microsoft will offer a free, but advertising-supported version of Microsoft Works. Unlike Google Docs and Spreadsheets, Microsoft intends to pre-install Works on computers and display advertisements stored in the cache. And when a user connects to the Internet whilst using Works, that cache of ads will refresh.
The advertising-supported Microsoft Works SE 9 will launch in a few months, with as yet unnamed hardware manufacturers.
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