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Software subscriptions: progressive or premature?

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    Software subscriptions: progressive or premature?


    Office News - Software subscriptions: #progressive or #premature?
    Like Adobe, we think subscription software-as-a-service is the future. The
    benefits to consumers are huge. Subscribers are always up-to-date. They get the
    latest and most complete applications. They can use subscriptions across the
    multitude of devices people use today. Web services like SkyDrive and
    applications like Skype are also more easily integrated with subscription
    services, like the new Office 365 Home Premium.

    However, unlike Adobe, we think people's shift from packaged software to
    subscription services will take time. Within a decade, we think everyone will
    choose to subscribe because the benefits are undeniable. In the meantime, we are
    committed to offering choice--premier software sold as a package and powerful
    services sold as a subscription.

    As proof of this point, since the launch of Office 365 Home Premium and Office
    365 University in January, more than a quarter of consumers buying Office have
    chosen the subscription. This exceeded our expectations, given that software
    subscriptions are relatively new to most consumers. So, perhaps the shift is
    happening faster than we originally thought, and Adobe is helping blaze the
    trail.


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    Well, according to Microsoft, they're still going to be offering a local offline version of Office for the long haul; but it's inevitable that the 365 model will be commonplace. Adobe isn't pussy footing around with that though as they're just going all out for the cloud setup.

    But I believe with Office 365, there are GENUINE cost savings to have had over the stand-alone equivalent of Office 2013 Pro Plus. With Adobe's model, I'll have to find more details to be fully sure as it seems if they offer the WHOLE CS suite in the Creative Cloud model, there aren't actual cost savings. In two years at 50 dollars a month, it's roughly the same price as buying the CS 6 Suite straight up.
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    1. In the future, there will be no choice, so anyone wanting the 'traditional' software will have to go subscription.

    2. The benefits to corporations are huge, guaranteed, recurring income.

    3. People may simply be trying out the subscription services to see how they work, it's somewhat premature to make predictions on just a few months of operation.

    4. Make the 'premier' packages unaffordable and force consumers to a subscription service.
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    Fiji
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    I'm no finance person, but if you can control the variable costs, or even better convert that into fixed cost, then the bean-counters will be happy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Well, according to Microsoft, they're still going to be offering a local offline version of Office for the long haul; but it's inevitable that the 365 model will be commonplace. Adobe isn't pussy footing around with that though as they're just going all out for the cloud setup.

    But I believe with Office 365, there are GENUINE cost savings to have had over the stand-alone equivalent of Office 2013 Pro Plus. With Adobe's model, I'll have to find more details to be fully sure as it seems if they offer the WHOLE CS suite in the Creative Cloud model, there aren't actual cost savings. In two years at 50 dollars a month, it's roughly the same price as buying the CS 6 Suite straight up.
    Hi there
    @Cokie You might be computer savvy but your Economics is definitely seriously screwed -- even by your own words you say at 50 USD a month that's the same cost as CS6 after TWO YEARS --- then of course it will COST MORE !!! and that's if there is no price (OR TAX) increases too .

    Most HOME users of things like Office or photo shop often use them for YEARS without needing to upgrade to the newer version -- CS2 for example -- now "Abandonware" and freely downloadable from the adobe site is more than sufficient for about 99% of HOME Photoshop users - the only really new feature that is possibly a "Must Have" is the 3D processing available in CS6 - but that's quite liveable without anyway. Office 2007 still does 99.999% of what Office 2013 does and even Office 2003 can still do most of what a typical non power home user requires.

    There's NO WAY that Office 365 paid for monthly (or even annually) is cheaper than Office 2007 -- which I got (and 2010 too) via a Use at Home type of program and the Office 2007 Home and Student editions were very cheap and allowed use on 3 computers.

    I have more than enough software (and Hardware) to last me for YEARS yet --assuming I live that long - so there is NO WAY AT ALL that I'm going to join the "Pay Monthly" Club.

    For Big businesses things like Leasing are well known and sometimes beneficial to corporations using those services - but for individuals the benefits are usually very much less if any - and remember businesses get operating expenses as tax reliefs - not usually available for individuals (although in some Nordic countries it is possible to get some SMALL relief for "Educational use" ).

    Once individuals get suckered into this quagmire they will be really surprised at what they will be paying out every month.
    In fact it would probably be a sobering exercise for ANYBODY reading this who is currently working or on a pension to sit down and actually write on a piece of paper or a spread sheet EVERYTHING they get a regular bill for -- most people will be horrified I suspect at their outgoings. !!

    As I said -- Subscription Software -- I'm OUTT'A HERE -- FAST FAST FAST. Better get the Linux textbooks out again !! Never too old (or Young) to learn.

    Edit : Update : Alex Ferguson (Man Utd FC Manager) HAS JUST resigned -- just confirmed while listening via the web to BBC R5 Live. So nothing wrong with News speculation and Rumours. !!

    Finally @ Ray 8

    You won't be able to FORCE people into paying subscriptions for premium packages by making the stand alone versions too expensive -- there are always methods of buying (or acquiring) older versions - there are even some stores around who make a good living by selling LEGAL outdated or Back level software - and if this fails there are also "The usual places".

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Pure unbridled greed. I think tho most companies will fail at this, as other co's will offer traditional ownable softwares and people will flock to that.
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    I work for a company who had done software subscriptions for years now. It works well, customers can cancel to reduce costs when they don't need something and can ramp up when busy. And it gives us a regular predictable revenue stream, so we can continue to develop and improve in a steady manner.

    I'm quite open to this model as long as my costs are reasonable. For example, I think office 365 is very fair for 5 installs.
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    Good comments and I don't agree with the subscription model whatsoever. It will drive costs up. I'm thinking this is their solution to piracy. They're seeking to take control over it.

    We had a thread recently on that subject. Some stated that piracy helps to keep the cost down. Will it now?
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    If they can eliminate Piracy and "disable" the old versions of programs, the subscription price will skyrocket.

    As jimbo45 pointed out, "Big Businesses" will be able to claim the cost back off of their tax bills, so the subscription price is irrelevant to them.

    OTOH, ordinary people may just swap (knowingly or unknowingly) to pirated (old) versions of MS Office and Adobe CS (assuming they can't be disabled).
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    That is hilarious.

    The title reminds me of the famous

    "When did you stop beating your wife"

    Whoever crafted that piece must think the intended audience is staggeringly naive.
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