Software acquisition is turning from a purchase into a rental. Every transaction is becoming a “relationship,” and I am looking at this trend with growing alarm.
It’s not like we don’t have enough monthly bills. Now, add to the necessities — mortgage, car payments, water, electricity, gas, insurance — and nominally optional stuff — credit cards, Netflix, cable, club memberships, magazines, newspapers, and don’t forget cell phones, which some people would rank up there with the necessities — software.Microsoft has been warning us for a while that this was going to happen. InTune was the company’s first, aborted attempt to rope us into a perpetual payment scheme. For an operating system.
You get to use these pretty bits, but you have to give them back if Microsoft asks
The program failed primarily because, even for businesses, adding a monthly bill for something that has always been a one-time purchase goes against the grain. Also, Microsoft neglected to coordinate its Windows andRead More »from The Horror, The Horror: Software's Conversion From Thing To Service