Microsoft is working on a new shopping Web site for software, hardware, and peripherals that it plans to advertise in the Windows XP Start Menu and the Internet Explorer Web browser. Called "Windows Marketplace," the Web site is slated to go live for U.S. Windows users by year's end, according to Microsoft, which plans to officially announce the online store on Monday at its Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto.
Wow... Going right to the desktop. That's gonna cause chaos seeing how they're stitching it right into the OS. I'm also not sure that I like new functionality coming down on my machine under the heading of Service Pack.
Sounds a little ahhem...anti-competitive. Why go to Best Buy, Circuit City, or anywhere else if MSFT integrates this with the start menu. At worst they take put companies like that out of business...years down the road, at worst, MSFT collects a toll from them for each sale.
If you've ever bought into CNET services you'll realize that only large business can get in this market. I used to work for a now gone .com that used cnet heavily and their fee's are large dollar annual contracts that are billed on a per sku basis.
I wonder what took them so long to do the obvious.
If you have something like 90% of all eyeballs focused on your medium (Windows/IE) it would be more than stupid NOT to take advantage and actually USE that advertisement space to push your own products or those of your friends.
All it needs, is to realize that Windows/IE actually IS a medium like TV/Radio etc....