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21. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 18, 2013, 16:51 Beamer
Eirikrautha wrote on Feb 18, 2013, 16:44:
Beamer wrote on Feb 18, 2013, 15:13:
I rarely apologize for companies. It's how it's viewed, but usually people are saying things like "they're trying to rape our unborn children!" and I try to explain how these decisions are made.

Rarely do people sit in a conference room and say "how can we fuck over our users?"

This, though, seems to be the result of just that.

Honestly, though... you don't think it doesn't make perfect sense based on the direction modern software licenses have been moving? First, eschewing direct ownership and selling licenses. Then, time-limiting and site-locking (see the newest Windows license) the licenses, so that you are constantly paying for the software you used to pay once for and reuse on different computers. It's the logical progression.

The only issue here is timing. Microsoft is moving too fast (perhaps spooked by Apple's success with its closed software market)... but every move so far is perfectly logical, so long as you see software as a "service" and not a "product." That's what many have been warning about here on BN for a while.

Sometimes the slippery slope fallacy isn't a fallacy...
No, I don't think it makes sense.

Microsoft's bread and butter is enterprise. They're the ones that you nickle and dime, because they kind of need to do it.

Home users? Just be happy they're not pirating. Follow an Apple model - cheap, frequent updates. They seem moving that way for Windows. While I get that model doesn't work for Office, pushing them away makes no sense.

Home users are gravy for Windows and Office. Keep making it easier for them to stick with you legitimately.
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