francescob, on 07 March 2013 - 13:02, said:
The previous retail license was for 3 devices while the new one is only for 1 device so if you have more than one computer (almost everybody does) you need to pay a license for each even if they're all yours. Many other companies have moved to per-user licenses especially now with app stores and people owning several devices while Microsoft instead has actually moved backwards, back to a per-device license straight from the 1980s. Even Apple once you buy OS X, iLife or iWork or buy a macbook/imac that comes with them grants you a license for all your other devices and everybody knows how much they're attached to money.
No, previously they sold both 1 liense and 3 license versions, they have not crippled anything, just removed the 3 license version.
your example sort of fails on a few important details though. the MS 5 users license can be used by multiple people on 5 computers at once, by 5 different people. the Apple license you compare it with is per person.
there's nothing backwards about this, just different ways, and for most people the MS version makes more sense, for those that the 365 license don't then the device license makes more sense.
And while they previously had a 3 device license, (it was actually 3 devices 1 person if you read the license correctly) it was very impractical insofar as reinstalling and such goes.
Also the Vista thing was an OEM license and that's how OEM licenses are supposed and always was supposed to work.
AR556, on 07 March 2013 - 13:06, said:
Glad they reversed their decision, but they'll attempt it again at some point.
no, they'll simply phase out the regular non 356 versions come the next two versions. well technically they already started a gradual phasing out.