Michael Ricks Transaction based pricing?

I could well imagine pricing based upon individual transactions at fractions of a cent (create a graph, publish a document, confirm quotations and references and update figures through websearch, send to 1 person, send to 1,000,000 people, track receipt, delete after 30 days, locate individual, buy 1000 website hits, buy 500 email addresses for people seeking personal loans in Ireland who have received offers from other banks in the last 24 hours...)
Posted: 13 June 2007 at 00:00

Wolfgang Grulke RE: Transaction based pricing?

I agree with you - but this MS's exact problem. For them to move from an all-in price for 'the box' to one based on teh actual usage of the components would reveal just how few of the vast features of their office software users were actually using - with a commensurate effect on their bottom line.
Posted: 13 June 2007 at 00:00

Shorty Short RE: Transaction based pricing?

Surely then bandwidth will become the oil that lubricates this engine? It's doubtful at this stage that current facilities could cope - would need exponentially larger "tubes" and at that "tubes" that don't get slower the more users online (a-la the 3G offerings)?
Posted: 21 June 2007 at 08:57

Rudiger Holzapfel RE: Transaction based pricing?

I wonder if you do need bigger bandwidth for these incremental services? I could see a service offering a bit like Symnantec's today, where the computer needs to be connected to the net every once in a while for upgrades etc.
Couldn't it be that the computer simply keeps a log (which is pretty much happening already with most applications) and bills you every now and then through paypal or "VodaCash" or something similar? And if you don't connect the program will simply stop working, unless let's say you buy a licence for a period of time because you know you are remote for a while.

P.S. Of course these things are going to be hacked, but then again, that doesn't seem so different from today's world.
Posted: 26 June 2007 at 16:34

Kleber Melo Transaction based versus Service Based

I do not agree that in the future it will be charged by transaction, just because, as commented before it will be hard to control and charge. But a good model could be an "Office Service" where you can pay by function and features that you want to use, for a period of time, like a subscription. And so, you can use online each service you want, without install anything in your computer.
Looking for bandwidth growth on the last year, where more and more people are moving to links of 2M, 4M and 10M, we can say that it won't be a problem anymore.
Posted: 18 July 2007 at 16:13

Doug Vining Windows comes out of the box

LOS ANGELES--Microsoft on Monday announced a version of Windows that runs over the Internet from inside Microsoft's own data centers.
Dubbed Windows Azure, it's less a replacement for the operating system that runs on one's own PC than it is an alternative for developers, intended to let them write programs that live inside Microsoft's data centers as opposed to on the servers of a given business.
Posted: 28 October 2008 at 17:57

Doug Vining Microsoft Unveils Online 'Office Web' Suite

Microsoft has been dabbling with online productivity suites before, but this now looks to be the real deal...
Dubbed 'Office Web', it makes its public debut just one day after Windows 7 was formally shown and distributed to developers and brings virtually full scale Office 2007 experience to users anywhere they have a broadband Internet connection.
Posted: 29 October 2008 at 21:29

Doug Vining Upgrade, or a whole new ecosystem?

In the past week I have upgraded my phone and tablet to iOS6 and also upgraded my laptop to the release version of Windows 8, after having used the Consumer Preview as my workaday system for several months.

First off, I must say that the release version is far more polished, smooth and apparently bug-free, unlike the quirks experienced with the preview. But it's also much more than an upgrade. Windows 8 really is a hybrid system, making the best of touch screens and traditional keyboard-and-mouse interfaces. Perhaps because I've had a laptop with a multi-touch screen for a couple of years, this upgrade seems way overdue.

But it also introduces a lot more choice and flexibility. Because you can access traditional apps through the conventional desktop, attaching the usual peripherals, while also having the convenience of touch and new online apps in the slate interface. It takes a bit of getting used to, but it's great to have the best of both worlds. What this boils down to is the workhorse power I need when at my desk, using a big screen and keyboard; then when I take my laptop with me, it's got all that touch convenience to flip through stuff and consume media, answer email and so on. Without the frustrations of ...
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