Why would he have to upgrade them?
I was under the impression plenty of people using 2003/2007 to this day, perfectly happily. That is why one buys things, so one can keep using them.
Amen !!!!! -- and as a business user don't forget TAX refunds -- cost of Software etc as business expense. !! Should be the same in NZ.
For a lot of people who don't need 10 gazillion licenses the stand alone model makes far more sense --problem with any sort of subscription is that they often include features you don't need -- for example Mobile phones with unlimited texts and 2,000 hrs of talk time -- well I've probably only ever texted 3 words in my entire life (I hate texting !!) and I certainly don't spend anything like 2,000 hours on the phone --if I did I really think I should be seeing some type of psychiatrist or even a Priest as there would be something seriously wrong with me.
Same with Banks with their "Special Premium accounts" - so instead of a Basic Free banking service you pay say 15 EUR a month for "Free travel insurance etc " and a load of other perks you neither want or need - !!!
If you have a load of kids maybe the subscription (initially- beware of price rises later when people get more used to the whole idea) might work - especially if it stops them downloading and using pirated software.
However it's all in pursuit of that dreadful new business term "Monetisation". There's NO WAY subscription would be introduced if it yields LESS money than they currently earn. Now as people update their computers far less often Ms sees the "Discrete" sales packages declining rapidly whereas the subscription allows them to collect periodically whether people upgrade their computers or not.
It won't STOP Piracy though - there's already stuff out in the wild that are "mimicking" activation and validation servers !!!!.
Anyway I have my copies of Office, I only use OUTLOOK for work, ACCESS is the most sorry piece of Software ever to call itself "A database" so as far as Office 365 is concerned "I'm Outta Here" !!!.
If Windows goes the same way - I'll run current versions on VM's (which I'm doing anyway) until they no longer work by which time I'll be long gone from Planet Earth !!!
I did not answer the poll as there was no option for me. Yes, I would be very interested in getting a subscription based Windows but not only if it was cheaper; as an Office 365 user I have grown to like its subscription model quite a lot and would like to get my Windows in the same way.
Add an option to poll "Yes, great idea, even if it costs the same or slightly more than traditionally distributed Windows" and I can vote .
love those but I'll bet it will be a LONG time before THIS edition disappears. !!
So again, why upgrade? They all did and all regret it. Money thrown down the toilet for software they don't even like.
Do you think Microsoft isn't aware of this?