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Microsoft tests "pay-as-you-go" Software RRS feed

  • Question

  • Microsoft has been quietly testing a new "pay-as-you-go" software rental service in South Africa, Mexico and Romania. The service allows users to pay a monthly fee of around $15 for the use of Office 2003 – according to Microsoft, the program offers customers "the opportunity to obtain genuine Microsoft Office 2003 at a low upfront price, along with the flexibility to pay over time and renew when they choose." Still, Microsoft is being careful to emphasize that the Office 2003 rental program is merely a trial to judge public reaction. According to the spokesperson, Microsoft is currently "reviewing feedback from the trial in order to determine whether to extend it" and said it is "too early to speculate" about exactly what form this will take.

    Last year, the software giant started a project called FlexGo, where customers purchased a whole computer preloaded with Windows XP and other Microsoft software for a discount price, then used prepaid cards to continue using the PC. The program met with some success when it was first tried in Brazil: 31% said they would not have made the purchased at all had the program not been available. Microsoft's Software Assurance program, where users pay a yearly fee in order to always get the most up-to-date version of Microsoft products, could also be considered a software rental program. The traditional model of software sales is unlikely to disappear, but I wouldn’t be surprised if more options, including “renting” software, become available internationally. Either way, Microsoft’s rental program may very easily turn out to be a success in countries where, because of poverty contrasting with high software prices, piracy is currently the only option.
    Sunday, February 25, 2007 2:30 AM

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  • Thanks for the information
    Sunday, February 25, 2007 2:59 AM
  • thx m8, you rock.
    Sunday, February 25, 2007 11:27 AM
  • Ur welcome
    Monday, February 26, 2007 8:57 AM
  • I think its a good concept, but may turn out to be more expensive if renewed many times :)
    Monday, February 26, 2007 3:14 PM
  • U are right Shadow
    Monday, February 26, 2007 4:24 PM
  • I dont know y but i dont hav a good feeling about this concept....

    It might not turn out that i am paying more than what is required....

    Tuesday, March 6, 2007 4:25 PM
  • yes m8 its really good for people / companies who wants to try various softwares, they can pay less amount for the first initial use, and then if they really like it they can purchase the entire software :)
    Tuesday, March 6, 2007 5:57 PM
  • Please friends

    Dont post threads with such large Data..

    I am not getting any interest to read any stuff..

    Try to post some brief and useful posts

    Wednesday, March 7, 2007 6:46 AM
  • read the things that interest you the most :) its not necessary / required to read everything in every thread ;)
    Wednesday, March 7, 2007 3:23 PM
  •  ShadowMan wrote:
    read the things that interest you the most :) its not necessary / required to read everything in every thread ;)

    what do mean by this??????

    Wednesday, March 7, 2007 3:37 PM
  • man, i dont know how to explain in more easier english. I myself have bad english :P hope you dont mind.
    Wednesday, March 7, 2007 4:26 PM
  • You are cent percent right ShodowMan... If a person is not interested in the long thread, the same is free to unread it.
    Wednesday, March 7, 2007 5:46 PM
  • Thanks Yogesh for simplifying the meaning of my post now Prateek will not have any problem in understanding it. :)
    Wednesday, March 7, 2007 6:06 PM
  • Ha ha ha... I think that ignoring is much better than commenting in threads.
    Wednesday, March 7, 2007 6:08 PM