What's New: Windows Live to be Free, Ad-Supported

A new vision for applications was behind last week's management shakeup at Microsoft, when a new head was appointed to oversee the Windows operating system along with Windows Live. Initially planned as a subscription service, Microsoft now plans to offer many Windows Live services for free, using advertising revenue to offset development costs. Most Windows Live apps will run in a browser with the user interface on a remote device and the application logic on the web server.

Microsoft expects online ad revenue to total $45 billion by 2008.

Tuesday, Mar 28, 2006 06:50 am CST

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