Microsoft is pushing very hard for a new method of software distribution. The idea is that eventually all computers will be on the net and will lease software by "time used"--much like satellite TV. You will be able to buy monthly "packages"--for instance, if you use MS Office, you can get unlimited use for X amount or a smaller package that let's you use the word processor all the time, but the spread-sheet by the hour. The positives for the comsumer that MS claims is: A. Bigger and better software available from a mainframe with only nuggets sent to your computer for what you need. B. You don't have to upgrade, ever (as long as you keep subscribing). C. Software costs will go down as distribution costs go down. (and do you REALLY believe this?) The Real Positives to Microsoft: a. Eliminates the middleman entirely. b. Eliminates any and all product production and distribution chains c. Ties people in to on-going and predictable cash-flow (less risk than having to come up with a good version) d. Eliminates much competition or requires the competition to feed through these master distribution computers. e. Eliminates pirated software, but forces you to automatically upgrade simply by having to keep paying. Just the elimination of competition and the distribution chain will help keep MS the top dog of all computers. What say you? If you don't believe this is happeniing, go to Microsoft and read about their enterprise solutions.