This is just a different approach to what is currently happening - where your PC "phones home" certain data ...the only difference being the activation interval will be evaluated when sent to their servers as well, in order to verify legitimacy... ie. nothing new really.. apart from upfront payment vs installments..
And do not forget as a student, you can get office 365 for $79 for 4 years. That's way cheaper than it ever was.
@jimbo...you would have the VAT added as well if you bought the licence, so that should be a wash.
I think lots of people who used to pirate Photoshop, who now find paying for it via a subscription to be not worth the cash are checking out the solid alternatives like The Gimp.
The home use program is usually $10 our $20 for Office and your company has to maintain software assurance on their enterprise agreement. That was costing our company of 250 people nearly $250,000 per year for that software assurance benefit which allowed us to distribute home use office.
It's funny that some want to fight subscriptions, when some found TechNet subscriptions to be a great way to obtain tons of MS software for a very cheap price.
With OS as a service, if it was something like 15 installs to whatever device you wanted for $49 a year, I could see it having some potential. I'm sure stand alone licenses well exist for those who want to run something like XP for a decade. Of course, they well be priced less attractively.
I voted No.
If it happens, I'll stay on one of my current versions of Windows (currently runningXP, Vista, 7 and 8.1) and/or one of my versions of Linux (Mint Mate is nice).
I WILL NOT go subscription under any circumstances, if that means no more MS then so be it.
Of course. Saw it coming a long time ago. Complete change of business model. Removal of the concept of ownership.
People pay fifty bucks a month to use their phone, shouldn't be too difficult to eke that and more out of them for the os and "services".
Up to now, MS would get perhaps $60 license fee per laptop. The punter can use that forever. Typically they might replace it after 36-48 months.
Not hard to see how MS could reap 20-30 times as much on subscription, though it more likely the "services" that will be rented, it amounts to the same thing.
It won't be too long before we are all just terminals. You might have a credit card size device, or a chip behind your ear, or a suppository up your rear. It doesn't matter what the devices are. One of the giant Tech corps will have complete control.
What is happening now are little steps along the way. You can't expect MS to sit on the side lines, they have to be in there.