Microsoft pitches pay-as-you-go PCs

Want to write a Word document ? Pay a few pennies. Want to download some digital photos ? Pay a few more.

That’s basically the idea behind FlexGo, Microsoft’s latest attempt to make PC ownership more accessible to people in emerging markets.

Under the idea, which Microsoft is introducing this week, people would be able to get a PC for their home with a mechanism that charges them depending on how much computing they use. Consumers would pay for about half of the PC upfront and then, say, 50 cents or 75 cents per hour of use. After several hundred hours of paid use, they would then own the PC outright.

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