Linked by David Adams on Tue 26th Oct 2004 16:30 UTC
Editorial The software industry is undergoing a gradual transformation, and consumer fatigue is at its root. The licensing model that has formed the basis for the modern software industry is facing challenges on many fronts, and the industry is scrambling to keep its footing. Where this period of change may lead software producers and consumers isn't quite clear, but some trends are emerging. Since the proliferation of the internet, unauthorized redistribution of digital goods has become rampant. But although software sharing probably won't kill the software industry, the reasoning behind it shares some pedigree with the customer revolt that promises to transform the way software is sold.
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Re: KadyMae (IP: ---.lv-llb.nevada.edu)
by drsmithy on Wed 27th Oct 2004 10:05 UTC

Okay, it's $150 for a student/educator to put it on 3 computers, but $300 for John Q. Public to put it on ONE computer ... so what, IF ANYTHING, do these prices have to do with actual cost?

Absolutely nothing, the same thing _any_ price does in a free market system.

I think $50 a license is a reasonable price for Office. It's not like they're creating whole swathes of code from scratch any more, so why's it cost $300?

Because that's what the market will bear. You think the raw materials in a Ferrari cost anywhere near as much as the selling price ?

Not to mention, Office does tend to increase in functionality reasonably significant with each new release.