Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 19th Aug 2013 03:46 UTC
Windows Microsoft recently wrote off a $900 million loss on its ARM-based Surface tablets. But according to Computerworld, the company intends to double down on its bet in hardware devices. CEO Steve Ballmer says that "Going forward, our strategy will focus on creating a family of devices and services... We will design, create and deliver through us and through third parties a complete family of Windows-powered devices." Look to Microsoft to produce more new hardware as it fights for market share in the handheld space. Ultimately Microsoft intends to develop a common code base across all devices -- from servers to desktops to handhelds -- that supports "write once, run anywhere."

Analyst Frank Gillett of Forrester Research says that Microsoft is fully committed to shifting away from its traditional emphasis on packaged software and into handheld devices and services (such as subscription software). He sees this as a fundamental reorientation, and says that "No matter what, it's a messy process."
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Are the days of packaged software over?
by dsmogor on Mon 19th Aug 2013 09:15 UTC
dsmogor
Member since:
2005-09-01

What happened with user's right to actually use a piece of software without time limits?
Are we pay more for less rights?

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

What happened with user's right to actually use a piece of software without time limits?
Are we pay more for less rights?


This depends entirely on the license under which the software is released.

Somewhat surprisingly, there are some licenses for software which are entirely about enshrining and protecting user's rights.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Yes. Pretty much. Its not because Microsoft wants to either, being a pure software company afforded Microsoft extraordinary markups on their boxed software. They're being dragged kicking and screaming into this.

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