Microsoft quietly tests a new ‘pay-as-you-go’ rental scheme for Office by ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley -- Microsoft has been testing quietly a new "pay-as-you-go" rental program for Office 2003 in South Africa, Mexico and Romania, and will decide in the next couple of months whether to extend the program to include Office 2007.Analysis: What Windows Vista OS Means for Microsoft
New operating system holds clues to Window's future.
Elizabeth Montalbano, IDG News Service
Sunday, January 28, 2007 01:00 PM PST
[...] This factor also could affect the notion that Vista will be the last packaged version of Windows, and that Microsoft will deliver future versions as updates over the Web. Windows Vista is the first OS to be available that way, at least in upgrade form. Microsoft is giving consumers the ability to upgrade to higher-end versions of Vista over the Internet with an activation key. [...]
The evidence mounts. It is beginning to look like I called it right
. Microsoft is heading towards the "OS as a subscription service". Possibly even making parts of it free and paid for by advertising
.UPDATE: 2-Feb-2007, 0726hrs
And yet MORE evidence...Microsoft Tries to Patent a Crippled Baseline OS
By Nicholas Petreley on Tue, 2007-01-30 10:37.
Microsoft is applying for a patent for an operating system that starts out crippled. You must pay to do things like take the throttle off network speed, disk access, install drivers, install software, and more. [...]
Yes. Microsoft is moving toward a subscriber based OS. Count on it.