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Think I'm kidding? They even applied for a patent
"U.S. patent application number 20080319910, published on Christmas Day, details Microsoft's vision of a situation where a "standard model" of PC is given away or heavily subsidized by someone in the supply chain. The end user then pays to use the computer, with charges based on both the length of usage time and the performance levels utilized, along with a "one-time charge."
Microsoft's patent application does acknowledge that a per-use model of computing would probably increase the cost of ownership over the PC's lifetime. The company argues in its application, however, that "the payments can be deferred and the user can extend the useful life of the computer beyond that of the one-time purchase machine."
and the part where I thought it would effect fellow MMO players:
"Charging for the various bundles may be by bundle and by duration. For example, the office bundle may be $1.00 [68 pence] per hour, the gaming bundle may be $1.25 per hour and the browsing bundle may be $0.80 per hour. The usage charges may be abstracted to 'units/hour' to make currency conversions simpler. Alternatively, a bundle may incur a one-time charge that is operable until changed or for a fixed-usage period," the document reads."
All I can say to this idea is . I'm not seeing any real benifit to the consumer with this idea and I find it almost laughable that Microsoft, during a recession, possible even a depression by some standards think its a great route to go to find a way to get even more money out of the folks that use their products
"If we don't attack them, they will attack us first. So we'd better retaliate before they have a chance to strike"