Doug's Mailbag: Microsoft's Money-Making Scheme
Microsoft's plans for financial growth include pushing Windows 7 for netbooks and moving to a subscription-based software model. Doug askedreaders if either of those would work for them. Here are some of your answers:
I don't rent my computers and I won't rent the software on them unless there is an absolutely fantastic price-break. Even then, I'd probably switch to Linux for about half of them. Free beats anything Microsoft might offer.
No, I am happy with XP on netbooks and would NOT use Windows 7. And no, I would not go with 'subscription' pricing on any software, let alone Windows 7.
Another way MS is raising funds seems to be through audits of existing customers. As a Microsoft infrastructure consulting firm, I have seen more customers audited in the last year than in the last 10 year combined. I'm not bashing Microsoft; it does make sense and customers who are up to spec with licensing have nothing to worry about.
Tell us what you think! Leave a comment below or send an e-mail to [email protected]mag.com.
Posted by Doug Barney on 09/14/2009 at 1:17 PM