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Ad-based Windows on the way?

Would you run an ad-based Windows?

  • Yes, I don't mind the ads

    Votes: 4 8.7%
  • No, I don't like the ads

    Votes: 34 73.9%
  • I'm not sure. Never tried this before

    Votes: 6 13.0%
  • Don't care either way, as long as Windows works

    Votes: 2 4.3%

  • Total voters
    46

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#1
A free, ad-based version of Windows may already be in the making., if not completed.

Talk of a free edition of Microsoft's Windows OS isn't anything new: the idea has been around since 2005 at the very least. However, Stephen Chapman of MSFTKitchen seems the think the free edition is closer to reality than ever before, especially with businesses pushing to move software into the cloud. After a little digging, he discovered that an actual ad-based version of Windows has actually been created.
This isn't a version of Windows I would want to run. I really hate ads in my face. It would probably introduce security vulnerabilities, too.

Would you want it?

Read the rest at Tom's Hardware.
 
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#2
it debends on how intrusive the ads are... if there is a popup every 5 mins then i would gave to break my computer... or download the "remove annoying ads patch" that would be out 2 days after windows
 
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#3
I say yes only because there would be a workaround pretty quickly after it was released.
 

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#4
I doubt it is for desktops. It is most likely for Windows CE and other light versions of windows for ultra-portables. I also imagine the ads will only appear when connected to the Internet. They would not be intrusive (like pop up ads) because that would turn people away from the operating system. Instead, they are probably like the ad banner at the bottom of the Windows Live Messenger.

On the plus side, that means a free OS which could, in turn, mean a cheaper mobile device.
 
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#5
Just a quick bump to get more votes. More comments welcome too. :rockout:

I see that the big majority don't want ads and no one doesn't care.
 
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i would immedietly rage and kill infants
 

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#7
I would install it, and then run a crack to get rid of the ads. Thus getting a copy of windows without pirating it.
 

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#8
I think this would be perfect for like folding machines and stuff though. For people who are not partial to linux.
 

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#9
i am sure they have a 1000 different "versions" of windows already created in some sort of alpha form. probably one where you kill people and get windows for free... this is just mere speculation and filler for the site rapidly going down hill: tomshardware
 

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#10
I would install it, and then run a crack to get rid of the ads. Thus getting a copy of windows without pirating it.
pirate a free version of windows :cool:
 

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#11
:wtf: couldnt you just find a list of all the servers the os links to for adds and block them in your router?
 

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#12
very easy for me to block the ads in my smoothwall really, so its just a free OS to me.
 

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#13
I don't expect anything I paid for to have any ads whatsoever.

If they plan on distributing it free, then that's another story.
They should still make the ad-free version for people who want to purchase the OS rather than get it for free.
 
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#14
I don't expect anything I paid for to have any ads whatsoever.

If they plan on distributing it free, then that's another story.
They should still make the ad-free version for people who want to purchase the OS rather than get it for free.
That's the plan.
 

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my only question now, is what will it be? home basic? home premium? a new one?
 
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Most likely a new one, running only the basics. Can't see it being all singing and dancing. Most likely be used for what someone above has said... for folding computers that requires no user input.
 
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This sounds like a myth to me. Anyone got any more genuine evidence ?
 

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#18
I guess it makes sense. It's another revenue stream (companies paying to advertise on the OS) for Microsoft, and the companies advertising would not have to worry about people hitting a particular web site to see their ads (or be surfing at all).

If this is true, I am sure Microsoft has thought about people blocking the ads at their router/firewall and will detect that. Ads blocked, OS gets crippled. There are, of course, always other ways to fool the OS into thinking you are seeing the ads.

Meh ... I guess I don't really care either way. I would buy the non-ad version anyway.
The free version would probably be crippled even if you saw the ads.
ZOMG, I can only set my desktop display to 4 colors :eek: :laugh:
 

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#20
this would suit netbooks more than anything, ideal for those people who get a netbook with linux on, and dont underdatnd it. this way they can get windows at no cost, these people wont care about ads, they will just want an OS they can understand
 
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#21
i am sure they have a 1000 different "versions" of windows already created in some sort of alpha form. probably one where you kill people and get windows for free... this is just mere speculation and filler for the site rapidly going down hill: tomshardware
Agreed. Toms has been pretty crappy lately on thier news and such. I cant even stand to read their forums anymore
 

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#22
I depends on how intrusive the ads were, as some have already said.

If they are just in-line text ads, inserted into web-pages and such, like what we already have here at TPU, I wouldn't mind it.

I also wouldn't mind it if it was just a built in gadget that sits on the desktop displaying ads, that you can't turn off, or a toolbar in the taskbar that displayed little ads.

But if it pops up with an ad in my face every few minutes, I wouldn't like it.
 

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#23
Remember the deal where you got free Windows if you let Microsoft watch you? Know how Google determines your ad choices, and why when you check your gmail all that shows up are "OMG COMPUTER DEALS," ads? Well they watch us. If someone was watching my computer I would simply not use it, cause some things I do are my business.
 
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#24
I don't want it, but it is MS's software, so they can do what they wish. May be there is a market out there for it. Maybe, they could slap it on IPads, as Windows IPads Editions.:slap:

They have spoken of it before, they did it with Office starter edition for OEM's and replaced Works.
I like Works, it is cute and great for the casual user who doesn't need a lot of the functions of Office.
:)