Actually doing that for the OS would be a disaster --you'd re-create the "XP" scenario all over again -- 100,000's of computers / tablets etc etc all where people keep them for a long time without bothering to update ("If it works .....").
I can see (although I personally don't like the model) subscriptions for APPLICATION Software like Office - but for the OS itself -- no thanks. I really would like to see updates handled a bit better with the ability to download and install OFF LINE so if you have to re-install Windows you don't need to re-download 1001 updates again (especially if you have several machines).
Nice thing would be to let us actually own our copies of Windows, not to have to report to them or even ask their permission on every change of BIOS, MB or whatever. I know, it would take a lot of fate in honesty but with right pricing is not unattainable. This way it's more like renting OS and they should call "spade a spade". I suspect subscription model is a move in that direction.
We have an Office 365 subscription that we pay for monthly. I've told my mom we need to pay for it once a year, so we won't have to pay for it monthly. Also, alphanumeric, I am sorry I jumped down your throat. Let me give you all some information about me, so that this way yall might can understand me better. I have Asperger's Syndrome (Autism), and plus I am Bipolar. So, I am sorry once again for getting upset.
While we are on the topic of the cost of Windows, it seems to me that this whole Windows 10 business is about Microsoft making money.
We all know that businesses exist to produce products or services and as a USA guy I see this as a good thing as the consumer can use the product or not.
But so far Windows 10 is simply Windows 8.1 with a Start Menu. From what I have read this was originally going to be Windows 8.2 which was a move to satisfy the 2/3 of Windows users who do not like the Metro thing.
It appears that Microsoft decided that they can call the version with the Start Menu Windows 10 and make a great deal of money on it. If they had added the Start Menu to Windows 8 far fewer people would be interested in upgrading to Windows 10.
The one big gotcha that I see with the subscription option is that at some point your hardware isn't going to support the new features/OS. What then? Do you keep paying so you can continue using Windows? Even though it won't receive any more updates? What happens if you end the subscription for that device, will that Windows still be usable or will it be non functional? The OEM's will be wanting you to buy a new device. What are you going to do with the old one? Who's going to buy that?