Since Adobe’s recent announcement regarding the axing of perpetual licensing for Creative Suite, it’s fair to start wondering if other vendors will start moving in the same direction – and how quickly.
Microsoft too sees subscription services as the way of the future; their subscription based offering of Office 365 has made this obvious for some time. So, many are probably speculating as to whether Microsoft intends to make a similarly bold decision and remove Office perpetual licensing from their portfolio.
Not any time in the immediate future, according to their Office News Blog.
In a post no doubt inspired by Adobe’s announcement Microsoft stated “…Within a decade, we think everyone will choose to subscribe because the benefits are undeniable. In the meantime, we are committed to offering choice–premier software sold as a package and powerful services sold as a subscription…“
At Correct, we certainly see that there is still a need for perpetual licensing in its various forms – OEM, Retail and Volume Licensing. Of course, Software as a Service will increasingly play a role in delivering solutions as more businesses shift infrastructure to the Cloud, but it’s perhaps a little premature to think everyone’s ready for it just yet.