- Microsoft's vision of your computing future is on display in its just-published patent application for the Metered Pay-As-You-Go [Register or Login to view links]
The plan, as Microsoft explains it, involves charging students $1.15 an hour to do their homework, making an Office bundle available for $1/hour, and billing gamers $1.25 for each hour of fun.
In addition to your PC, Microsoft also discloses plans to bring the chargeback scheme to your cellphone and automobile – GPS, satellite radio, backseat video entertainment system.
"Both users and suppliers benefit from this new business model," concludes Microsoft, while conceding that the supplier can develop a revenue stream business that may actually have higher value than the one-time purchase model currently practiced.
But don't worry kids, that's only if you do more than 52 hours of homework a year!