Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Jan 2010 23:52 UTC
Microsoft "At one time or another you may have used a rented-out Windows PC, be that at business kiosks or Internet cafes. Technically speaking, though, doing so has never been legal. As of January 1, 2010, the licensing terms for Windows and Microsoft Office have been tweaked so that those that wish to rent, lease, or outsource desktop PCs to third parties with either software can do so by paying an extra fee."
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RE: How long...
by Karitku on Tue 12th Jan 2010 08:24 UTC in reply to "How long..."
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...before they start charging per document you create? Sheesh. If the PC has a 'paid-for' license, aren't they already getting their money? Still, these kind of tactics will only push people to look for alternatives...and that can only be a good thing.

Actually this opens rather weird new business model for support firms. Normally when businesses lease computers from support firms they need to buy volume licensing to themself. In this new model support firm can buy volume licenses and then rent those with computers to client. This has nice shadow effect since the buyer don't actually see cost structure anymore. Clever for business and perhaps cheaper for customers.

This is also reason why Microsoft hasn't allowed renting before since it would lead misusage of volume licensing.

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