[eMarketer] Microsoft mulls ad-supported PCs to boost adoption

[eMarketer] Microsoft mulls ad-supported PCs to boost adoption

04-11-2022 14:37:05 | Door: Bob Koigi | Hits: 938 | Tags:

As global PC sales decline and distributed work shifts to the cloud, Microsoft is faced with the challenge of innovating to drum up adoption, per The Register.

Microsoft Windows is the dominant desktop operating system in the world, but the company has struggled to push adoption of the latest Windows 11 operating system.

Microsoft has already peppered Windows 10 and Windows 11 user interfaces with a slew of ads for apps and services. The move has led to some fallout, especially for business customers.

Qualcomm predicted that 2024 would be the year for Windows on Arm. This could mean more-affordable PCs with all-day battery life, comparable to Chromebooks, that are ideal for consumers and the educational market.

Ad-supported PCs aren’t a good fit for the educational market or for corporate users. Given that Chromebook sales are cratering, it may not be a good market for Microsoft to expand into now.

According to eMarketer, Microsoft isn’t the only company considering advertising to expand revenues. Apple has started showing more ads in the App Store.

Read the full eMarketer article here



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