wrote in to
tell us that Microsoft's senior vice president for sales to
PC manufacturers, Joachim Kempin
suggested in December 1997 that Microsoft should charge an
annual fee for Windows
in a memo sent to Bill Gates.
Other companies have been thinking similarly, to move from a
one-shot sale industry to a service industry, using the Internet.
Instead of buying an app, you'd get an executable for free which
would require you to log into an account which provides you
with large processing power (further reducing PC cost) while
reducing piracy. You get charged by consumption rather than
one-time only. However, with apps, you always have the option
of moving to another service provider. With an OS, things get
a little harder... In related news,
Japan's FTC will issue a warning
against Microsoft Japan.
In other related news, Microsoft has at long last
done the expected:
claimed in court that Linux is a major competitor