More important is a whole comfort while you use SW. Say, SaaS requires a good Internet. Good means GOOD, not a dial-up modem! Second, SaaS itself is a program, but running on somebody's hardware - needless to say that it won't be the best and robust HW at all. It's a second "weak link". Third, money is money: today you buy jwrly ring for 10 grands and tomorrow you cannot afford even hot-dog! So having SW in hands "feels" way better than "oh, I can pay $1 and use Office one more hour!". BTW products like "editors" never used on "hour" basis! A lot of time when you sit in Word spent on "thinking". I bet my ear that 100% people will feel "not so well" when their money gone away just because you sit in front of "remote Word" and type nothing.
So... I think even those 7% who vote for SaaS lie to themselves - nobody wanna be hooked and milked like a cow.
Some utilities and apps just reach maturity and further development is basically a WOTAM - winzip comes to mind, I bought a lifetime licence in the 90s, lost it when some bastard bought the company. Office etc you need to buy and buy again when you need additional features wot a load of crap.
Core business apps either customised or built for your company should be dynamic and rental makes sense (and this is almost the only model that works anyway).
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity
My C: drive, My backup server (in my basement), My software <tongue stuck out>.
Get of my lawn too whipper snappers!
This is a hot button issue with me.
I was around before the PC when a computer was a DEC VT-100 and a VAX cluster somewhere.
Now everyone wants the power (C: drive) back. - And they want you to pony up monthly and or yearly
to keep using what should be and was always YOURS and your data too.
For those who thought about illegal downloading when they read the subject, shame on you!
The gaming industry is discovering free-to-play. There's also lots of great free software out there that I use both in private and at work.
Who knows, maybe the next Visual Studio, SQL Server and Office Professional Editions are free-to-play too...
Of course there are always the Express Editions.
True, I guess playing for free comes at a price
But it's usually a price I'm willing to pay.
Of course I'm always willing to pay for a good product.
Unfortunately there aren't so many good products around nowadays (not that I'm interested in anyway).
When I buy it's usually music cd's or film dvd's. They're quite expensive, but I can't resist...
Me too, I just love playing on a pc. A keyboard and mouse just gives so much pleasure...
I'm currently playing Sacred 2. Fun game, great to kill some time (and whatever I find on the road).
I would've bought Diablo 3, but I'm sick and tired of those DRMs that require me to be online whenever I play. It's not really a problem, because I am always online anyway. It's just that I don't like that I have to.
The only game I would consider buying is Mass Effect 3, because I so much enjoyed 1 and 2. However, I've had the luck with Mass Effect 1 too that some workers were breaking up the road and I didn't have internet on a free day... So long single player game that I can't play because of ridiculous DRM...
And WHY are they doing this on the new Sim City too...