It's a good thing Microsoft doesn't have to rely on this forum to make money, they'd be lucky to have one employee.
If I had no idea of how software is priced how did/do I pay for the software I own?
It was fun reading this thread through and all the ideas and arguments. My 2 cents:
The subscription model could be for businesses and large organizations that need the IT support from Microsoft. If a normal home user calls or mails to fix a problem all they have to say is "reinstall, download here, and next time make a back-up image". For companies and such it's a lot more complicated(and money involved) so it will be a kind of IT insurance and would be worth the subscription.
Last edited by Cliff S; 10 May 2015 at 06:18.
The one drive model isn't IMO even an answer worthy of consideration -- for starters you have to be connected to the Internet -- not always wanted or needed --especially in the case of Stand alone or dedicated devices. You are also 100% reliant on not only the server accessibility being always available when you want it -- there have been a load of high profile crashes / software I.T glitches recently to quite big names too locking people out of their accounts for a considerable period, passwords and usr data being "Hacked" and various other stuff.
I might be a bit "Racist" here but I don't want sensitive data being stored on servers in some backward 3rd world country with a political system that is dubious to say the least, operated by people on "starvation wages" etc. I'm in favour of SENSIBLE globalisation but IMO this type of stuff is a step too far - especially when the server could be shut down for reasons totally out of our control.