beta, a lot of noise has cropped up around office suites. Even competitors
you havent heard of in a long time such as the WordPerfect Office Suite are
making news again. One of the more interesting articles I saw, was where
Microsoft is embedding ads into certain of its officeproducts such as Microsoft Works.
Works, as you probably know, is Microsofts entry level
office suite. Running an older version of Microsoft Word and some
Works-specific spreadsheets and databases, Works is supposed to give people who
buy computers some software to get basic work done after they buy a low-end
machine. I dont know of any small business that actually runs on MicrosoftWorks. Its aimed purely at the entry-level home user.
Even so, its interesting that Microsoft is considering
embedding ads into the software. Theyre still mulling about how it would work.
I assume it would be something similar to the way that Opera used to do it on
their web browser youd have a banner at the top by the menu bar. But Imsure Bill has something much more clever in mind.
What's kind of amazing in that article is the fact that Micrsoft
only makes $2 on each copy of Works that it bundles with PCs. Of
course, spread out over probably millions of machines that come with
Works preinstalled, you're talking real money. But even so Billprobably has that much loose change in his couch at home.
For now, I guess enjoy that free software that come with
your computer. Its possible that soon your office suite and your operating
system itself could start popping ads up while youre trying to work. Its even
possible that Microsoft software could be brought to you by TechProGuildsomeday!