An internal document released by the Justice Department shows Microsoft is
contemplating establishing an annual fee charged to all users of Windows. This
would free Microsoft from the expense of "improving" Windows and getting people
to purchase "upgrades" to generate revenue. Expiration code would need to be
added to Windows (if it isn't already there, just disabled).
This is not a new concept for Microsoft. At the time of Windows95's release Microsoft officials admitted they intended to charge an annual "subscription fee" for all their applications. Unfortunately for this plan, adoption of Windows95 was slower than expected and competitors regrouped, denying Microsoft the monopoly they needed to institute the plan. It is, however, still their long range intent, and they are fast approaching the required monopoly status.
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