Microsoft will begin to give out pricing details for its .Net My Services web software later this afternoon [Tuesday].
Bob Muglia, group vice president at Microsoft, told US media yesterday: "You all pay for your [mobile] phones, telephones, cable and satellite. We think [people] are willing to pay for software [via the web]."
Analysts estimate that Microsoft will attempt to charge subscribers at least $25 per year, plus usage-based fees. It will also seek to charge business partners 'nominal' fees.
Applications available through .Net My Services, scheduled for next year, will include one-step access to electronic documents, contact lists and calendars; instant alerts on share prices, weather forecasts and flight delays; and automated transactions, such as online banking, ticket purchases and share buying.
Some, such as the controversial authentication system Passport, will be available free, with others, such as calendars and scheduling, available only via monthly subscription.
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