Microsoft details 'pay as you go' computing scheme

By on December 29, 2008, 4:18 PM
Microsoft has applied for a patent on metered "pay as you go" computing, a concept under which users would get subsidized or even free computers and then pay based on both the software they run and the computing horsepower they actually use. The company filed the application back in June 2007 but it has only recently been made publicly available online.

The application highlights what Microsoft sees as the future of computing from a consumer's standpoint, noting that the end user could end up paying more for the computer under this scheme, compared with the one-off cost entailed in the existing PC business model, but would benefit from the deferred payments and by having a system with an extended ďuseful life.Ē

Fees would be lower for low-performance chores, such as writing e-mail or surfing the Internet, and higher for more demanding tasks such as gaming. I frankly donít see this model coming to reality anytime soon but itís an interesting concept nonetheless. Pricing will be the biggest challenge to Microsoft's plan.




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Deathstar17 said:
This is an awful idea that I can only hope never happens.
old101 said:
Agree Deathstar17. Imagine having to talk to somebody in India every time you have a slight surfing glitch.
old101 said:
Agree Deathstar17. Imagine having to talk to somebody in India every time you have a slight surfing glitch.
JerryWithaJ said:
It's about time, although I'm not certain I like this particular iteration. Because the earliest PCs were for hobbyists and didn't have reliable clocks, the industry found itself selling software rather than leasing it as was done for mainframes and then minis. Sales have the advantage of saving a user from further costs, but it means that companies must produce an endless stream of so-called upgrades and then convince users to buy them in order to be sure that there's revenue coming in to keep the company afloat. Under a leasing model, companies would be more sure of their revenue and could concentrate on true improvements and innovations.Would MS have been so eager to push Vista if it knew it had a small steady stream of revenue from each XP installation? I suspect not. But the security of the revenue stream doesn't mean that a company can be complacent because there will always be competitors whose products will force the original vendor to keep up and innovate in order to retain its customers.
captain828 said:
something tells me this won't work
darkshadoe said:
The more microsoft tries to control when and how i use my computer, the better linux starts looking.
fwilliams said:
It has already been thought of. It is called on demand computing and a few other names. Does not the USPTO know how to use google?
BMfan said:
[b]Originally posted by darkshadoe:[/b][quote]The more microsoft tries to control when and how i use my computer, the better linux starts looking.[/quote]I have to agree and i don't even like linux
brucethetech said:
i agree if that happens I'm going to all linux
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