Office for rent, June 2000

Microsoft Australia will begin offering its software for rent through application service providers (ASPs) from May or June next year, when similar services are launched in the US and UK, a company official said today.

According to Microsoft Australia's marketing director, Peter Cray, selling software services delivered on a range of devices is the "best bet" for the company. Cray said Microsoft expects a large part of its revenue in the future to be derived from software services.

"Five to ten years out, we think this will be a software services company," he said. "We will be taking our core technologies and selling and distributing them online, selling services rather than packaged software and licences, said Cray.

Microsoft is currently working on the licensing model, and expects the full service to launch next year with at least 15 ASPs, Cray said.

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