No, you made my reasonable statement into an absurdity. But the reality is that Microsoft has a track record of NOT SUPPORTING its old file formats. You write with the attitude of someone under 40 years old. Why should I expect MS to support todays formats made with subscription software into the near future? When I need to open an old MS Word 4 file, I can still use MS Word 4 on a legacy Mac that I have. That is ONLY because I have the software. Were it subscription software, MS would have long ago forced my files into obsolescence. My statements are not based upon projections of the future, but rather upon observations of the past and present.
To equate rational, reasonable objections to a poor business model with the futility of doomsday predictions is... just... foolish.
Some day, with luck, you may find yourself in your eighth decade of existence, and reflecting on your life in a retirement community. Will you have a physical photo album handy to help with those reminisces? Because all your CDs, smartphones, and cloud-storage files will be gone. It's a certainty. No coronal mass ejection required.
See, that would never work in our environment. We have 8 global offices and also a lot of graphics vendors, consultants and freelancers. We can't even make it 30 days without having to upgrade simply because someone is going to send us a file that requires a newer version.
makeintosh wrote: »
So if $100 per year, every year, forever, for 5 computers and 5 iPads is too much, then $70 per year, every year, forever, for just 1 computer and 1 iPad is is reasonable?
teaearlegreyhot wrote: »
Try opening a file created by MS Word version 4 with Word 2011. Nope, impossible. It just won't even view it.
THANKS FOR NOTHING, MICROSOFT.
Sure, there are ways to convert files, but I have over 5,000 documents of family data and records that we'd like to preserve. Who'd a thunk 30 years ago when we transitioned the project to the Mac that by 2015 the only way to view the documents would be by looking at the PRINTED HARDCOPY. Thankfully, we did print all those pages. Over 12,000 of them.
In retrospect, it would have been simpler, cheaper, and more durable just to stick with the bloody typewriter with which we began the project 45 years ago.
maestro64 wrote: »
So how does MS determine the difference between a real personal use verse the BYOD to work and using it for actual corporate work. Today more people use a personal ipad at work than a work supplied device.
dysamoria wrote: »
Nope. Still not going to pay a subscription to use software. To anyone. Ever.
More agressive, very good move. Only $70 to go.
Is that $83.88 per year?
That's what it cost if you pay month by month. It's only $70/year if you pay all at once.
A few more things.
- If you're a student MS will give you a 4 year subscription for $79. Or $19.75 per year. That's a bargain.
- Office 365 includes Outlook, Access (a biggie) and Publisher (not so much). You also get 60 minutes of Skype per month and the extra 20GB OneDrive for all 5 users (100GB free online storage is a big deal for me as well).
- If I buy a version of Office for home it doesn't come with Outlook, Access, Publisher, OneDrive or Skype.
Nice that you have the training and skill to do that.
Most do not.
In 2014, I would expect it to be under $10 forever use, if not totally free. Otherwise no thanks iWork is enough for me.
Wow... so you have no "version controls" in place? That's only costing your business a ton of money and giving up control of your own budgeting process. And speaks to my point exactly.
I ran an interactive agency in Tokyo for 7 years. I know about working with outside graphic designers, freelancers, contractors, agencies, etc. We never required the "latest and greatest" version (nor was it ever required of us) because that was almost a guarantee of a "least likely to succeed" project strategy. In fact, the opposite was more likely to be true, that is, requiring support of (what we felt were) archaic older versions of file formats. Sometimes two or three (or more!) generations back. That was the more common scenario. Printers and Ad Agencies always seem to be the last to upgrade. They always ran with versions one or two generations back. Always. They controlled their budgets.
I also controlled when my company budgeted for upgrades. Not my vendors, and not Adobe... As it should be.
I can recall only a few cases where a vendor sent a 'latest version only' file, and they were always asked to resend a copy supporting at least one version back. It's very rare when a "new feature" affects the functional end results anyway...
So, my point stands. Your company might be well served to manage those budgets (and vendors) better. That said, Adobe has always found ways to make it very costly for companies to use their products... the subscription model isn't doing them any favors.