Should You Rent or Own Software

By Dave for

Should You Rent or Own Software

New Software Pricing Model: Rent or Buy

If you’re still using Office 2000 on that Windows XP machine, you know you’re falling behind the pack in terms of compatibility and functionality. The same goes if you’re still running Photoshop 7. Sure, they still work and do most of what you need them to do. Companies like Microsoft and Adobe realize they have lost a lot of revenue from users that are content with owning obsolete software.

But what if you rent the software?

Photoshop alone is several hundred dollars to buy. If you wanted the complete CS package containing Flash, Dreamweaver, Acrobat, In Design and other tools, it will wind up costing close to a thousand dollars. But how does $19 a month sound?

Microsoft 2013 can be installed on one PC–complete with Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote and Outlook for around $250 to own. But how does less than $10 a month for up to 5 computers sound for Office 365?

Should You Rent Or Own Software

In this digital age, there’s something to be said about having a physical disk in your hand. You can hold it. You can keep it in the jewel case or remove it and add it to the software binder with all of the other software you’ve purchased. No one can take that from you. But what about these digital bits? Where do they live and who owns them? You don’t. But you want to know a little secret? You also don’t own the software on the disk you physically have either. It’s licensed to you.

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