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ABC News: Software For Rent, Not Sale

Mar 15, 2000, 02:22 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Smith)

"Say goodbye to costly software on CD-ROMs installed in big, crash-prone, desktop computers. And say hello to the future, when software applications come to you easily over the Internet as a service, like a phone service."

"Paying a Service to Hold Your Data
You will be charged a monthly fee according to use — like electricity or water. And your files will be stored by your Internet service provider in a large server and protected by a password."

"Transition Means Upheaval at Microsoft
But for the software industry itself, going from making products to providing a service means upheaval — especially at giant Microsoft. ...software users will no longer need Microsoft's proprietary Windows operating system in their computers — just a browser that accesses the Internet. And that could destroy Microsoft's monopoly dominance and eat into its bottom line."

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