Beginning in November, Microsoft will make its products available on a per use basis in the new easyEverything cafÃ© set to open in New York City's Times Square. The cafÃ© will feature 800 computer terminals and will rent not only computer time but access to Microsoft's popular suite of office software programs for a modest fee, speculated to be around $2 per session.
Microsoft will track the usage patterns of the cafÃ©'s patrons, hoping to learn more about how to price such pay-per-view services and which services are most popular.
The easyEverything cafÃ© already exists across the ocean - there are 12 such facilities in London that serve tourists or workers in need of a quick computer fix. Existing cafÃ©s rent computer time by the hour and give customers access to Microsoft Works, the scaled-down version of the Office suite. Microsoft has plans to offer the complete Office suite at the European locations next year.
European locations of the easyEverything cafÃ©s have attracted unexpected crowds, with an average of about 5,000 patrons a day.