More corporates are opting to rent laptops, rather than purchasing them outright – with many hiring additional units when they are involved in short-term or medium-term projects to keep capital outlay and overheads running at optimum efficiency levels. 

At the same time, there is a growing trend that will see companies simply renting the software they require at any given time, thereby changing the face of the software industry.
to Christopher Riley, CEO of The Notebook Company, the majority of his company's clients opt to rent laptops.
"But this is a fairly long-standing trend. When they need additional laptops – for whatever reason – they just rent more, thereby keeping price performance at an optimum and cutting back on capital outlays. They also don't have the units reflecting on their balance sheets.
"The next trend we are going to see – and it is already happening – is individuals and companies opting to rent whatever software they might need on a week-by-week, or month-by-month basis – or quarter-by-quarter.
"This is going to change the way software vendors operate, as annual license fees will become a less popular business model. This means that, besides the reduction in annual license fees – and in additional license fees as clients expand – software vendors will also increasingly see lump sum income at the point of purchase becoming a thing of the past.
"Moreover, while we are going to see an inexorable trend towards users mixing-and-matching whatever they need for their software requirements on a pay-as-you-go, or rental, basis, we are also seeing free-to-market software posing a threat to vendors like Microsoft and Novell – who sell licensed-based software."
RIley says the user frequently don't use anywhere near the full capacity of the software they purchase.
"By opting for the rental route, you only pay for what you really need – and there is not the additional headache of having to factor in, and account for, licenses and license fees. I suppose it is also one way of combating software piracy – or certainly making it a lot easier to police."