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Microsoft poses (and U.S. patent office rejects) a plan for pay-as-you-go PCs

Larry Greenmeier, at Scientific American, writes:

"Could your computer be turned into a utility that you pay for based on how powerful it is and how often you use it? The world's largest software company thinks so.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last week published a Microsoft patent application that signaled the software giant's interest in developing a metered pay-as-you-go computing system in which consumers would pay a monthly fee to use their PCs but little or nothing up front to buy them.

Although the patent office rejected Microsoft's application, reports tech news Web site Ars Technica, the company laid out a plan for the future of computing, where bits and bytes are delivered to one's home similar to the way utility companies deliver electricity. Based upon documents available on the patent office's Web site, Microsoft's application lacked sufficient detail in several areas, including descriptions of the service and how it is different from other ideas already issued patents, according to patent examiner Murali Dega. Microsoft has the ability to tweak its application and resubmit. When contacted, the company would not disclose its plans regarding the patent application or the proposed metering service."

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rebirthofcaos3183d ago

well microsaft to really screw everyboby in the world...LINUX all the way

Simon_Brezhnev3183d ago

u know the xbots going to love it they use to paying for everything

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SaiyanFury3183d ago

Good Lord, how greedy is Micro$oft going to get? Pay as you go PCs? Who the hell would pay for that??

Sergeant Osiris3183d ago

you get fanboys on here whining, complaining and wondering why M$ is a despised corporation worldwide.

Bnet3433183d ago (Edited 3183d ago )

Seems like a good idea for people who can't shell out $3000 for a gaming PC, but I personally wouldn't do this.

My point is, it's good for people who don't have the cash upfront.

Jager3183d ago

Hell, its not even 3000, you can make a GREAT gaming rig at 1500, less even.

FantasyStar3183d ago

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Megatron083183d ago

FantasyStar 1st off thats a nice pc but its not a "beast" by any means. I seen people build pc with 16 cores on them. If you go out and buy a pc to day if you get anything less then a quad core its a waste. This be great for people that always want a top of the line pc. you pay 50-100 a month on it and in 6 months you get a new pc kind of the way some people trade in cars every year or 2. I dont think this ever be for me but I could see some people that would really want this.

FantasyStar3183d ago (Edited 3183d ago )

Oh I know. When I mean "beast", I mean it can play most PC games at max-quality 16:10. I would never dish out anything more than $1500. I don't mean the "beast" that would score about X-trillion 3D-Mark score now. That's just overkill. Didn't mean to mislead.

SaiyanFury3182d ago

Yeah you can have a modern gaming PC with good specs for less than 1500 bucks. With a decent CPU, RAM, and video card (not even a high end one) you can play most games very well. Most games nowadays don't have requirements all that different from a year and half ago. I remember Oblivion was the big ticket item 2 years ago and even then you could have the game play well on a sub-1500 dollar system. With current games a multicore CPU is helpful but not always necessary. Even a lower end Core 2 Duo is enough to process them.

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Graphics Whore3183d ago

Every computer has our OS but we just want more money, PP would pay for this, he's the kind of numbness society bleeds on, legitimate troll or not.

Graphics Whore3183d ago

They really don't want to end the proposition so they make an amendment to their agenda?

Maybe it's time to give up your monopoly or at least get Bill Gates to bust your balls again.

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