I don't know what Microsoft will do with Win10 in the future since I broke my crystal ball. But I've never thought for even one second that they decided to give it away unless they thought it meant more money for them in the long run, not less. That money will come from somewhere, almost inevitably our pockets. One thing is sure: we aren't the ones they are primarily interested in benefiting.
Do you mean that the users who would usually buy a one time retail license and would still be able to do that really object and hate the subscription model so much that they would completely stop using Windows if that option, an alternative was offered to those who want it?
I can somehow understand you guys attacking a concept I described (repeat: an imaginary concept!) but please, do not try to stress your points by intentionally quoting me wrong.
Do you really believe that Windows 10 is never going to advance and we're only going to get bug fixes and security updates. If MS decides to go subscription it will be for upgrades and not updates. As for "good for the life of the device". Did MS ever give their definition of what they consider the life of a device?
I actually have no monthly subscription right now, I like to keep it that way. I don't have a credit card to put it on anyways. I would use either windows 7 or Linux system before even paying for subscription. My online stuff is youtube, fourms, Medical stuff, banking, paying some bills, facebook, twitter and some small purchases.
I'd rather pay a $99 annual subscription, getting it for 6 years with the same money.
Subscription total fee = 99 * 6= 594
One time Payment = 120
That's what I was/am referring to.
You seem to like this subscription idea for you own reasons and I don't wish to pay every year for 10.. ever.
At a certain point, you might need to change out hardware (perhaps a new CPU would require support or a new system bus). I guess I figured it was going to be a carbon copy of the Mac OSX model.