Won’t selling hardware which requires a subscription for basic licensing/functionality run afoul of consumer protection laws? (assuming of course, a reasonable interpretation, and a functioning judiciary, which is all the political comment I’m going to make as an independent who is getting really tired of finding the same sort of politician on either side of the aisle after unwrapping the labeling)
Given the number of notifications I’ve been getting for Office 365 on my GB3 Pro 360, I could see a Pro/Business Edition and Office being installed/active, and maybe which apps are available as a Type.
Worst case scenario is basic windows becomes like chrome OS. Through forced obsolescence, it becomes necessary to upgrade to it to be able to make basic connections. And then the really “cool“ stuff is only available when you subscribe to other services.
This seems inevitable to me as MS looks for ways to alternative ways to monetize and fund further Windows development.
The only reason that Apple isn’t doing it (yet anyway) is that they also have a lock on the hardware as well.
Honestly it was either this or go back to start charging for major upgrades again.
Plus, though it doesn’t get as much press, but MS has been forced repeatedly to cut the per CPU sold licensing fees they charge their biggest OEM partners (down almost 70% over the peak during Windows 10).
TLDR you got to pay the biils somehow…
And FWIW, I’d rather pay on subscription than get evermore ads, or slowing of enhancements and improvements.
RANT WARNING - he woke up grouchy - read at your own risk…
I’d be willing to bet that:
You won’t get any less ads, and
The “improvements” you do get will be to enable additional services and subscriptions sold by MS.
Yes, my level of cynicism and and snark have grown exponentially since the pandemic (maybe after effects of three Covid shots and two cases of Covid).
WHY have they been repeatedly forced to cut their OEM license fees - where the h#ll are their OEM partners going to go - Stay with an unsupported version of Windows? Linux? Android/Chrome? Roll their own? No, the OEM’s do not have an alternative. If M$ was doing its OS job and being the base for software development, I’d get that, but now it it just another service selling platform.
If I had a WRITTEN guarantee of no ads in a subscription version of Windows - M$ or third party - I’d jump on that freight train to nowhere in a heartbeat. As it is, M$ doesn’t give a rip about Windows or Office any longer - it is all about Azure and AI, with Windows and Office paying the freight.
SORRY - got up on the wrong side of the bed and realized my boss wasn’t closing the office for Columbus Day…
My understanding is that your profession is to blame as MS which used to charge based on the total number of systems the OEMS sold regardless of OS actually on it or purpose (such as server) has been struck down repeatedly in court…
You’re right though and some cynicism is a good thing anyway with all these behemoth corporations getting increasingly more wealth and power (while getting lazier to put effort into the fun/cool things, like Surface ).
Also no way I am going to pay for subscription for Windows, I will probably just use W11 for a long time in case they are going to do it since the upgrades between the OS versions are not noteworthy anyway.