Well, ready or not here comes subscription everything! It seams in study after study people would rather pay a "small" monthly charge than buy these days. We've seen rental rates go up, we've noticed car leases on the rise - but software? Is that going too far? The industry sees it as a way to increase revenues and lock in customers. Subscribers feel it's an easier pill to swallow (the smaller monthly charge) than the upfront cost of the program. Whichever side of the fence you are on I have some concerns:
1) Will it be available? After all, if you subscribe the software really isn't in your possession, you'll need to connect to get it; If you're connected, no software.
2) Will it be up to date? In the past, software developers made improvements and offered them as updates (some free, some at a small charge) to keep your copy fresh and in the new. Once they have your monthly payment what will entice them to update the product for you?
3) Will there be a version for you? The subscription plan or plans will be streamlined, many small features of the "package" may be omited to enhance speed of delivery for the masses at the expense of the individual;
As with anything new, I'm sure the offerings will change dramatically over the next few years. Now is the time to start thinking about if and how subscription based software can affect your business or your home...
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