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Microsoft as a Subscription?

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  • Yes, Great idea, could make things a bit cheaper in the long run

    4 4.40%
  • No, horrible idea, WTH are they thinking?

    68 74.73%
  • Maybe, Depends on the features and price

    19 20.88%
  1. #21


    Did you last two read any of the thread?

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I love how everyone AUTOMATICALLY assumes it will be Windows as a cloud OS. It is not, it'll be Windows that requires a yearly or biyearly renewal with the possibility of allowing OEMs to offer add-on services to differentiate from competitors, like 100 gigs of OneDrive storage included in the price versus a different OEM not offering it.

    Office 365 does the same thing, it just requires an annual renewal of licensing to fully use features. You can still use it to read documents if it's expired, but can't edit.

    ALL anti-virus software does this. You pay for one year and one year only. If you don't renew it, you chance getting STDs.

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  2. #22


    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..
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  3. #23


    Quote Originally Posted by McRuff View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Depends. Office 365 seems to be quite successful. So there must be some attractive features.
    Let's see,
    Don't forget that prior to the subscription model from Microsoft you could get a 3 user copy of Home and Student 2010 for about the same or less money than it now costs for the single user/device version of 2013. That increase in price for the purchased version has made the subscription appear more attractive.

    I am sure the retail cost of Windows would likewise go up to make a subscription appear attractive.
    Yes, there was a 3 pack of Office 2010 for home and student. I think it was around $179 if memory serves. Remember, home and student has word, excel and PowerPoint only. You have to move to home and business to get Outlook, which is more expensive. And office 365 also includes, outlook, publisher and access...so hence reason it is $400. Office pro has always been about that price.

    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.
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  4. #24


    @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.
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  5. #25


    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.
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  6. #26


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    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.


    Wenda.
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  7. #27


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    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.
    Good point on Technet. I agree. I'm quite sure they'll keep offering stand alone just as they do with Office.
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  8. #28


    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
    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.


    Wenda.
    Ditto...
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  9. #29


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    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.







    Quote Originally Posted by Rxd View Post
    I agree. Subscription is only a way to squeeze more money out of you. Companies don't do what's good for YOU, they do what's good for THEM.
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  10. #30


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    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.
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