Is Microsoft Cheapening Android with Ads Too? (Premium)


Depending on your definition of what constitutes an advertisement, Microsoft has been polluting the Windows waters with ads for years, maybe even decades. In the mid-1990s, for example, Microsoft was forced to advertise competing online services in Windows 95 when it bundled its own service, The Microsoft Network, with the OS. But with Windows 8 in 2012, Microsoft began literally publishing web-like advertisements in the apps it bundled with the OS. And that, to me, was a step too far.

As I wrote that year, for the first time, Microsoft had added “advertising in Windows 8, a move that I think cheapens the product.”

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