MS Slate admits editorial defeat

Will sell things, too

Microsoft has admitted defeat with its venture into the world of magazines, Slate, at least from the point of view of editorial. It said today it will sell more things on its site. This is the second u-turn Microsoft has made after its much-hyped venture into the editorial market. Earlier this year, it was forced to remove subscriptions from Slate. While Microsoft recognises that content is important, the move means that there will be adverts everywhere on the site. Social satire and political comment does not, then, seem to have had the impact CEO Bill Gates had hoped for. ®

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