Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> __/ [Mark Kent] on Sunday 19 February 2006 18:22 \__
>> begin oe_protect.scr
>> Technomage Hawke <technomage-hawke@xxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>> here is a new wrinkle on windows vista: subscription only use.
>>> basically, it goes like this: you register the product and pay for a years
>>> time on it. if, at the end of your subscription period, you fail to
>>> "re-up", any documents you may have made are locked, as is the OS you
>>> created them on.
>>> In case you think this is just rumor, I have it on credible sources that
>>> this is where Vista is headed by mid 2007.
>>> I'd hate to be one of the users on that OS when it locks them out and they
>>> have to have a report done for their job the next day.
>>> At least linux won't pull this kind of game.
>> I'll wager that this will not happen, but the rumour will be circulated,
>> so that when the very nasty licensing terms are released for Vista, they
>> won't seem quite so bad as this, so people will ignore how much nastier
>> they are than last time.
> When one pays by credit card in installations (unlock edition-bound features
> of Vista), the ripoff will be difficult to sense in one's pocket. It's that
> old marketing trick. People buy Windows, then Office, then AV software (or
> OneKer). It never ends and the pertinent expenses are larger to sum up, so
> are rarely discarded or assumed to be nominal.
It's more effective to relieve people of their cash in smaller chunks
than in larger ones, as you say, they don't see it so easily. The
'triple-play' which telcos were hoping for so much from has not been the
intended success, as people just get a larger bill, which they're not
necessarily happy about...
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