Microsoft on a shopping spree
Microsoft announced in a press release that they had acquired a US patent from a small company. This patent includes electronic payment technology and will be used in future Microsoft products.
Microsoft has not yet announced any specific usage plans. It would be conceivable, for example, that Microsoft will introduce software rental in future products, whereby this then has to be paid for via the Internet in order to keep the product functional. Such a scenario is not so unlikely, because a year ago such a price model, which of course was only speculation and still is, made its rounds through print and online media.