said by norwegian: said by Octavean: said by BillRoland:
I don't much like the idea of subscription based software.
I've got a TechNet subscription so I still have access to a number of different versions of MS Office,....
Isn't Technet only a yearly subscription too now, where it wasn't before? It seems Microsoft are aligning with other software makers to earn extra dollars, it is only a matter of time before the O/S is the same.
The software one would get from TechNet is not subscription based,....currently. So, the keys available to me now for the software I choose to download and use will still be available to me even if I do not renew my subscription.
There are restrictions naturally though.
As for Windows there will be a subscription version coming soon or so I hear. I posted a thread on it not too long ago.
»Microsoft Rumored to Release Subscription-based Windows Blue
Edit to add link
Actually the article more or less seems to be addressing a yearly OS update cycle for Windows starting some time in mid 2013.