Microsoft now offers the perfect thing to run software you don't really own on; you can run your rented OS and applications on a rented Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 or Surface 3. As per the usual industry practice they don't refer to it as renting, but rather Hardware as a Service. The plans are available as 18, 24 or 30 month memberships, with a "Complete for Business Extended Service Plan with Accidental Damage Protection" which sounds rather impressive as it claims to cover high velocity impacts and coffee disasters. The Register has more information on the deal here.
The default Surface Book will run you $109/month @ 18 months or $80/month if you sign up for 30, or $1500 to buy it outright. Interesting idea, fad or a money grab that will make Adobe green with jealousy?
"First Microsoft turned Office into software-as-a-service. It's currently transforming Windows into Windows-as-a-service. And now it's decided that its Surface Pro typoslab should become Surface-as-a-service, to help businesses buy more of the hybrid machines."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- ntel Genuino 101 @ Kitguru
- Microsoft has bought LinkedIn for $26.2bn @ The Inquirer
- Apple to dump Qualcomm in favour of Intel LTE chips for some iPhone 7 models @ The Inquirer
- Microsoft Announces the Xbox One S, Its Smallest Xbox Yet @ Slashdot
- Typeeto – Using Your Mac As A Bluetooth Keyboard @ Tech ARP
- Building A Massive L-Shaped Desk For A Better Workflow, More Monitors & Space @ Phoronix