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May 30, 2006 at 10:28 AM

The down side of pay-as-you-go

Pay-as-you-go computing, a concept proposed by Microsoft to sell more computers in poorer countries, could hit a stumbling block in India, where there are forced power outages each day, according to Techworld.com. This type of computing proposes to sell computers at a very low cost and have the user pay to use the machines on a per-minute basis.

The outages, deliberately exercised by the Indian electricity department to avoid overloading of the powerlines, make power generators and UPS systems a common necessity in homes and offices across the country.

Microsoft, which claims to make the PCs available to first-time consumers for as little as $278 (roughly 12,700 Indian rupees), forgot that buyers would have to shell out an additional amount (about INR 2000 upwards) to buy the UPS separately as well.

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