ABC News: Software For Rent, Not Sale

“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

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

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