Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Pay extra for privacy

Microsoft propose business shift to online services

Bill Gates has announced a fundamental shift in Microsoft’s core business offering by announcing that the company will be launching a free online office application next year.

If I pay a license fee for application software installed on my computer, then only I know how I have used that software and the data I have produced. What Microsoft is proposing is free as in beer, not free as in speech. It will come at a price.

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