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    Microsoft wants you to pay by Windows usage

    Microsoft wants you to pay by how much you use Windows:
    Microsoft's plan would instead monitor the machine to track things such as disk storage space, processor cores and memory used, then bill the user for what was consumed during a set period.
    the company admitted that the overall cost to the user might be higher than for a standard PC purchase.
    Five Reasons Microsoft Wants To Do This
    1. The Road Has Run Out On Microsoft's Traditional Software Licensing Business Model.
    2. The Pay As You Go Model Makes Microsoft The Sole Toll Taker.
    3. Microsoft Wants Your Credit Card.
    4. Google Is Eating Microsoft's Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner.
    5. Microsoft Wants To Control The Horizontal And Vertical Of Your Internet Experience.

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    The day this happens is the day I stop using Microsoft products. They no longer hold the monopoly on any killer apps.

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    I could see the point of doing this for computers at a sort of computer café, where you could have higher-class applications like games available for use but you'd have to pay for the extra resources, but lower-class applications like web browsers you wouldn't have to. It could even work for £10 computers which you could pick up and use if your PC usage is near non-existant (but I'd still prefer to pay for a cheap PC). I highly doubt anyone at Micrsoft is stupid enough to include this on standard OEM PCs. It'd be similar to shooting yourself.

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    That’s like cell phone plans for computer programs, eh? Boy, it would need hundreds of lawyers to understand the terms of service then.

    News like this make me wanna move to and live with indian tribes in the Amazonas basin. They don’t have to care about issues like pondering about payment plans and being spied on all day through our technological “achievements” or being spammed all day through the internet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by computerworld.com
    "Although the cost of ownership over the life of the computer may be higher than that of a one-time purchase, the payments can be deferred and the user can extend the useful life of the computer beyond that of the one-time purchase machine, Microsoft contended."
    I guess being hammered by a multi-billion dollar company is one of the "benefits" to users, as long as you defer payment.

    And exactly how does monitoring the usage enable the user to "extend the useful life of the computer beyond that of the one-time purchase machine"? I can upgrade my computer for another one-time purchase.

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    I heard that Windows 7 was considering this.
    Stupidest move ever for a company. Prepare all thee IT professionals - looks like we'll be training our staff on Linux and / or MAC usage in the very near future. I can't wait for netware administration again, 1 000 000 000 x better than Windows. And I couldn't be happier.

    Smart software companies will start immediately on software conversions. This is one of the (very very few) advantages that M$ has - tons of business apps.
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    One to look out for, i have used windows for just about everything, i have had my problems (who has not). Stuck by it, this would be the straw that broke the camels back though...madness
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    I think they are getting more and more arrogant. No way I'll keep using their product if they charge users that way.

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    I decided ages ago to switch to a linux version. Haven't had time yet to install or to learn how to use it but this sort of attitude from m$ just makes me push the move higher up the prioirity list.

    Key to the concept is something Microsoft called a "security module," embedded either in the hardware or provided as software, that would meter the computer's usage.
    That'll get all the charges wrong then
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fumigator View Post
    The day this happens is the day I stop using Microsoft products. They no longer hold the monopoly on any killer apps.
    I absolutely agree with you on that.

    I personally don't think Microsoft would ever do this, unfortunately they're already losing enough customers to mac because of vista.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zelphics View Post
    I personally don't think Microsoft would ever do this.....
    Funny that I was thinking this over in the shower this morning. They might try to run it in one of two ways.

    1. they provide the software which can be used by other companies to improve thier revenue streams. m$ would charge them for this.

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    2. as a replacement for the current system where all the pc manufacturers pay m$ for pre-installed software ~ m$ could run the OS for a fee (pay-as-you-go) and within this would be the payemtns to the pc manufacturers which would enable them to 'sell' pc's for nothing.

    PC's are too cheap for the companies now and they need to find a new model to retain/develop their income.

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    Haha, the funny thing is that people will buy it.

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    It won't happen, people will just not accept it. Just like when they launched their Windows Live gaming system (the Windows counterpart to Xbox Live) and they were charging people to play on it. So if you bought a game (I think GTA4 uses it among others) and it used WL for online play, you'd have to pay a monthly fee. That didn't last long since with the exception of MMORPGs, PC games don't charge for online play and it didn't get accepted in the market place.

    In any event if it did happen, there would be a corporate edition without such monitoring and that is the version that would get pirated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oracleguy View Post
    It won't happen, people will just not accept it.
    It already is happening in Brazil and some other countries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fumigator View Post
    The day this happens is the day I stop using Microsoft products. They no longer hold the monopoly on any killer apps.
    I completely agree. I only use microsoft products because that what i am most familar with. But if they started a system like this i would have no trouble with moving to another OS


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