When talking about subscriptions to products or services you have to think about the normal user. How will most of the 1 billion+ of Microsoft's user respond to subscription based software? Look at the prevalence of googles services in schools and you see why most get away with simpler solutions. Then you look at piracy in China and other regions.
I'm not trying to be a google spokesperson. I use whatever works and is most readily available at the right price. Office Pro was a free download from my school and I like it. I'm sure office sales well, but making everything subscription based I'm not so sure about.
Obviously this is all hearsay and well see how it plays out. As long as Microsoft goes in with the right ideas they can make the correct choices. I think they learned from xbox one what bad press does for them.
Other factors in "online vs local" are network charges and restrictions.
Mobile devices are massively restricted here in Australia.
A quote from an ad; "a massive 1GB of data per month".
- Your ISP
- An unknown number of carriers between MS and your ISP
- Multiple idiots with backhoes
Those groups could accidentally, or deliberately, take out your network access.
Our network's download speed doesn't exceed 6Mb/s, which would be unacceptably slow for running a modern OS.
I generally get between 30MB/s and 120MB/s speeds on my local HDDs.
A lot of people these days think that is unacceptably slow and install SSDs.
Last edited by lehnerus2000; 10 May 2015 at 12:02. Reason: Clarification
Well this turned interesting. I hope everyone enjoys and goes with what they want.
I've used Linux, but I prefer Windows.