Micorsoft launches a new FlexGo initiative – see more information here.
I took out of these information a very interesting data sheet of emerging markets. In emerging markets, PC ownership remains limited with less than 10% of households owning a PC. In contrast, mobile phone ownership has taken off – 29% of people in emerging markets own a mobile phone. The availability of flexible, pay-as-you-go payment options has contributed to this growth – 74% of mobile phones in emerging markets are prepaid mobile phones.
Interesting to see how one could adapt this to other business areas. Why not pay-as-you-click payments for PC's. So almost everybody could afford haveing a PC at home or in school. This would help to close the gap between the "rich" and the "poor" countries and would allow much faster distribution of computers to families, kids and schools. Where is Dell and HP providing such offers?