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Hans
12-29-2008, 01:57 PM
A patent application filed by Microsoft was published last week (patent number 20080319910) that details what it sees as the future of computing from a consumer's standpoint. In Microsoft’s future, the user would be given a computer free of charge or at a greatly reduced price.

In exchange for the free or discounted computer system, which is presumably packed with all of the performance available, the user would pay a per-use fee to the company providing the PC along with some sort of one-time charge.

CNET News reports that Microsoft says in the patent application that the cost for using the pay-per-use method to obtain a computer would make it more expensive over the lifetime for a consumer than simply buying a computer.

Microsoft wrote in the patent application, "A computer with scalable performance level components and selectable software and service options has a user interface that allows individual performance levels to be selected. The scalable performance level components may include a processor, memory, graphics controller, etc. Software and services may include word processing, email, browsing, database access, etc. To support a pay-per-use business model, each selectable item may have a cost associated with it, allowing a user to pay for the services actually selected and that presumably correspond to the task or tasks being performed."

One of the core components of the pay-per-use future that Microsoft envisions is a security module that locks the PC to the supplier making the machine very secure and guaranteeing the providers investment in the system.

http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=13803

This will never work as you can just take the components out of it and put them in another system.

Andre
12-29-2008, 02:19 PM
I can't see it working either, especially at the prices they're quoting.
On the other hand I thought the same thing about leased vehicles and rent to own.