Microsoft Launches 'Pay as You Go' PC TrialsBy Baselinemag | Posted 2006-05-22 Email Print
Microsoft is continuing to pursue its vision of "a PC on every desk in every home." But it's not going the $100 PC route. Microsoft's latest method for achieving that end, FlexGo, takes a page from cell phone and cable playbooks.Cut-rate PC/hardware Windows XP Starter Edition bundles aren't Microsoft's only solution for bringing computing to the masses.
Microsoft unveiled a new financing program designed to make PCs more affordable to emerging-market customers on May 22, the day before the kick-off of
The new pay-as-you-go program and associated metering technology that enables it are known collectively as "FlexGo." In partnership with a handful of hardware, telecommunications, retail and financial services partners, Microsoft is launching this week full-fledged FlexGo trials in Brazil and will add trials in India, China, Russia and Mexico within the month, Microsoft officials said.
Microsoft and its partnerswhich include Advanced Micro Devices, HSBC Bank Brasil, Infineon Technologies, Intel, Lenovo, Phoenix Technologies and Transmeta, as well as local service providers in several countriesare testing FlexGo in two different ways.
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