A top Office executive says the "sponsored edition" of Works is just a pilot, not a major new source of revenue. However, the response thus far has been positive, especially to the price: free.
Eyeball-scanning tech will determine your age and gender, and fire what it thinks are suitable ads at you.
Microsoft's Chris Capossela details what--and what not--to expect with Office Starter 2010, the Works replacement that will start showing up on new PCs later this year.
News.com's Ina Fried heads to a couple retail stores to check out Microsoft's ad-supported Works running on Sony laptops. The verdict: the ads aren't that obtrusive.
The software maker shifts its personal finance product to online-only sales with less frequent updates. Could it be a canary in the coal mine?
Circuit City will be the first to offer the $69 per-year service, which bundles Office Home and Student and Microsoft's OneCare antivirus software.
No, it's not getting into New York state politics. Rather the company has launched testing for a new consumer product, which may or may not be its ad-funded version of Works.
In this week's EIC Squared podcast, Larry Dignan and I discuss Google's uplifting quarter, the mysterious Mac clone and Microsoft's hybrid software strategy.
Coming soon: Beta of Office Live Workspace, a free tool for viewing, sharing and storing--but not editing--Office documents online. Video: Office Live Workspace looks to narrow Google Apps gap
An ad-supported or online version of the company's profitable software isn't coming soon. But Microsoft is thinking about options.