I doubt that MS will offer just a subscription OS. I beleive someday they will offer one (as they have the patent on the name Windows 365). It's too much to cut off the users that have lead to a 90% market share and dropt the desktop product. By have the cloud and desktop at the same time users could ease into moving to cloud OS.
Yes, I used myself as an example of a user who might benefit if a subscription option was available. But you seem to totally ignore the fact that I have very clearly been talking about a concept, an alternative to the traditional retail model, about something that would interest me and I am sure quite a number of other users. Not my case, not your case but an option, an alternative.
As opposed to you, I do not even try to force this idea to other users. I do not think like you clearly do that because I like the current way, no other options should be available. As far as I am concerned you are free to buy your Windows in the future exactly as you'd prefer. I do not think that because I would like a subscription option as an alternative for the "pay once use the lifetime of a device" model and benefit from it, therefore that should be the only option.
I wholeheartedly allow Microsoft to make the decisions, I will not post nor tell here or anywhere else that because I like the idea they need to do it and make it the only available option. What I wish and hope does quite often not correspond with the reality. I know that.
Really, quite funny: The only thing I have said and posted is an imaginary concept coined up by me. How provocative is that?
My apologies for misunderstanding your words. Let's let the conversation advance without any more references to this concept of mine.
I don't think a MS subscription will change my status? My work allows me to install O365 on my home computer and keep it as long as I am employed. My college Alma mater does the same, assuming for life. I have yet to take advantage of either because up until last year, my employer participated in the HUP program which just about included all the office suite programs. I ordered a backup dvd just in case. See if any of these options may be available to you
I got Win8 for $40 and upgraded to Win8.1 for free. Even though Win10 is free upgrade, I wouldn't object to paying $40 one-time fee for it, or even a little more. But monthly subscription -- NO.
I can see the advantage of using something like Office 365 for $100 a year because it comes (I think) with five license limit. That breaks down to $20 a license -- which makes it a lot cheaper than buying the Home version.
If MS came out with Extras (like they were GOING to do with a prior OS), then I could see charging a fee for those, but those would have to be optional -- and given that Win10 already has everything I need, I would not buy them.
I did a rough tally on the thread so far and the ration of drop-to-keep regarding Win10 becoming a subscription model is around 5 to 1.
Now THAT would surely hurt MS's 200 MILLION users count if 80% suddenly dropped Win10 due to a subscription model being put in place!
There has certainly been a lot of hot air expended on this thread, coupled with the odd fractious response.
Face the facts, M$ will never charge for the licence to use the O/S, what they are really after is the more conscripts the better.
Google have for years been creaming off billions with their search engine, so much so that they are now one of the richest and largest corporates in the world.
Now M$ with Bing and Cortana wish to dip their noses in what is a very lucrative trough.