Linked by David Adams on Tue 30th Dec 2008 19:04 UTC, submitted by jeanmarc
Microsoft A recently-filed patent from Microsoft gives us a glimpse into a possible future strategy from the software giant, wherein people buy a computer, but only pay for that portion of the computer's performance and capabilities they actually use. There's a pretty detailed summary of the plan in a Cnet article that's worth a read. It actually sounds a lot like a "cloud computing" strategy for the consumer, and it all seems to make sense, until you start to really think about it.
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Grasping at straws
by centos_user on Tue 30th Dec 2008 20:21 UTC
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I do not see this going anywhere unless they try to it the INet Cafes or something even so it is expensive and it would be monitored like a big brother machine.

I guess they are thinking along the line of an appliance device or something even so the cost and functionality would be more expensive than a in-house written application.

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