October

09

by Kaj Kandler

Scott Carpenter published a rather sad satire about “5 ways to save on your monthly software rental bill in the year 2056“.

Scott looks into the rear view mirror at current trends of monetizing software not with an up-front one time license but with a monthly or annual license fee. Well, as many of us know, commercial software does not really have a one-time fee anyhow. After a number of years the pressure to upgrade to the new version becomes so strong that there is no escaping. Did you know that Microsoft’s assisted support for Outlook 98 ended on January 16, 2004. This is barely five years after inception and not atypical.

So enjoy Scott carpenter’s satire and see the grain of truth he is conveying.

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