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Microsoft agrees to adverts in Windows 7

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by ianconscious, Dec 11, 2009.

  1. ianconscious

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    Now available on an official Windows 7 download page (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows/downloads/personalize?T1=themes) is a selection of operating system themes bearing advertisements for companies including Coca-Cola, Ferrari, 7Up and Ducati.

    These themes can colour their brands across the Windows 7 task bar, start screen, system tray and so on. The downloads are optional for users and entirely free.

    The themes have been applauded by owners of the participating brands, which are seeking increasingly diverse ways to expand their presence.

    Signalling the opportunistic nature of the operating system ad spaces, one Windows 7 theme is based around the upcoming film Avatar. If the adverts are deemed successful, more movie themes are inevitable.

    Whatever next – pop up advertising on your desktop?
     
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  2. Geekzilla

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    Don't say that too loud, Google will think you are reading their mail. I am guessing that is what we will see in Chrome OS.
     
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  3. Sparky
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    Probably :blink
     
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  4. wagnerk
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    Don't mind it myself, I don't see the difference between that and buying branded clothes with logo's on them - apart from the theme's being free.

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  5. dmarsh

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    I can't switch from linux until they release Hanna Montana Windows 7, hurry up microsoft !

    Also my companies servers require Jedward Windows Server 2008 !
     
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  6. Phoenix
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    I aggree
    vendors have been providing wallpapers for years with their brands on, some official, some unofficial

    this is just a more complete offering, probably with the wallpaper slide show showing off a whole bundle of images, i can't really see the problem, these are not forced on anyone, and ferrari fans love to show off their ferrari wallpapers lol
     
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  7. michael78

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    Don't see an issue with this as long as it's optional and not forced on people.
     
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    The Ferarri and the Ducati ones are verrrrry nice.:twisted:
     
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