Thursday, August 02, 2007

Business & Technology | Microsoft to add ads to version of Works | Seattle Times Newspaper

Interesting times 

Some versions of Microsoft Works, the stripped-down word-processor, calendar and spreadsheet software that comes with many new computers, will carry advertising as part of a test program, the company announced Wednesday.

Beginning within the next few months, select computer manufacturers will preinstall an advertising-funded version, called Works SE 9, on new computers, said Melissa Stern, a senior Microsoft product manager. It will not be available as a download.

"We'll be evaluating this business model to determine if it is viable for our customers and partners," Stern said.

Business & Technology | Microsoft to add ads to version of Works | Seattle Times Newspaper

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