FlexGo is Microsoft's latest attempt to make PC ownership more accessible to people in emerging markets. Under the plan, customers pay for about half of the PC upfront and then, say, 50 cents or 75 cents per hour of use. After several hundred hours of paid use, they would then own the PC outright.
Here's an example of a prepaid FlexGo card used in Microsoft's early trial in Brazil.
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