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Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by gkarris, Dec 29, 2008.
I have heard about that years ago, no not unbelievable its just another way to make more money!
The idea of metering computer usage and providing the computer free is old ... the idea of providing a high-performance computer and then metering its performance is pretty new, AFAIK, although not particularly brilliant. In the extremely long term scheme of things, more and more of the content moves to the internet and the computer becomes more and more of a terminal for the internet, and eventually that process could so transform the market that PCs become, like phones in the US, a subsidized component of the overall selling strategy of the provider.
Certainly, MS has an onus to put itself and its supply chain back on a path where users actually perceive the need to upgrade, and away from the path where so many people are ignoring Vista and the expectation now is that Windows 7 will perform quite well on even hardware that is several years out of date by the time it comes out.
But the market conditions don't nearly line up right now for that.
I thought a PeoplePC died years ago. Way to go M$......
This is why Microsoft is doomed to failure. They're employing 90,000 people to work on thousands of products.
Apple, on the other hand, employs 30,000 people to work on 50 products, tops.
Microsoft is trying to be everything and do everything... they're trying to spread their resources across an immensely vast field of products, much akin to Yahoo, and we all know how that ended. Peanut butter sandwich, anyone?
No. It sounds like a cell phone to me. Get them away then charge for each minute of use. Apple is not far from this with their iPhone. They offer a $200 phone with a $2000 contract attached.
What's happening is that the price of hardware is falling through the floor. You can buy a PC for $300 today. How long before the price hits $150 or $75 or free. When you think about it $300 is only a few hundred dollars away from free.
Software is already free. Linux, BSD and Solaris are all free. Same for most of the software that runs on those OSes too.
So whne the stuff you sell is on schedule to be free what do you do?
No, I can think of two examples fromthe early 80's and 70's where computers were placed on-site by the suppliers and you paid a monthy fee. For a higher fee the supplier would come out and double the machine's clock rate of add more memory or disk space. You paid for a level of performance and the supliier made sure you had a working computer that provided the paid for level of performance. Periodically thay might replace the computers or not. Many of these companies are gone, CA, Wang, Data General but there were more then one. It was a common way to "sell" computers.
Actually it was atractive to the company. We'd pay a fixed cost that was predictable and all inclusive, it covered maintainance and technical support. Typically in those days you would know your tech support guy by first name, same for the sales guy and the hardware engineer
it is an interesting idea. but not one i see coming to fruition anytime soon. just because its being patented doesnt mean it will ever be done.
So, where's the line between saving user costs and DRM/Control?
Its an interesting possibility. It will be hard to market this to the general public, look at the negative reactions to it so far. I think they will need to come up with some sort of interesting hook to get people to buy into it.
Some ISPs already offer free computers to anyone signing up for their internet service. I can see this sort of subsidization model taking off in the future. With services like Google Docs, we're already at a point where one could do almost all their computing online, with no need for a local machine - just a terminal with internet connectivity.
I think the idea of "renting" a machine and paying on a per-usage basis is silly for consumers, though. :/
You know, all these local apps turning into "web apps" only makes it one step closer to Microsoft's thing...