Microsoft's next OS to be subscription based?Mikey 7 comments
Ars Technica are saying there is mounting evidence to support the long held theory that Microsoft's next operating system (Windows 7, codenamed 'Vienna' ) will be modular, meaning it can be subscription based.
What does that mean? Modular means the OS can be broken down into smaller components, which makes it very likely users will have to regularly pay for certain functionality. So we could be seeing messages like:
"You have selected the 'Control Panel' option. This feature is available for $2 per month. Click here to enter your credit card details."
OK so that might be a worst case scenario but you can easily see where this can lead. I'm not convinced just yet, but it wouldn't be the first time Microsoft have shot themselves in the foot. Worth a read.