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ZDNN: Microsoft considers renting software

Jun 03, 1999, 14:21 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

"MS is testing NT and BackOffice as rental possibilities with 'commercial service providers.'

Whether software rental is a fad or the future, Microsoft Corp. doesn't want to be left behind."

"Last week, one of Microsoft's hosting partners -- FutureLink Distribution Corp. -- announced it plans to offer Microsoft's BackOffice products on a subscription, or rental, basis. ...While Microsoft has been dabbling with various ASP pricing models for almost a year and has talked up the notion of subscription pricing even longer, the company isn't expected to announce its foray into the ASP space for another couple of weeks."

"FutureLink's plans for providing BackOffice on a subscription basis are typical of how ASPs/CSPs are likely to offer for rent Microsoft's NT Server, Exchange and SQL Server. ...Users will be charged a monthly Server License Subscription only for the number of servers used to provide users with connections during a particular month."

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