A recently filed Microsoft Patent shows that Microsoft is planning for a pay-per-use PC model. The patent is titled as Metered Pay-As-You-Go Computing Experience.
The current business model requires users to purchase a PC that is suited for various needs which can vary from simple word processing or web browsing or high end gaming or network gaming. With the new business model - Metered Pay-As-You-Go Computing Experience - user will be able to select a level of performance related to processor, memory, graphics power, etc that is driven not by a lifetime maximum requirement but rather by the need of the moment. For example, the user might need more memory and advanced graphics for gaming applications whereas less memory for word processing.
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