So, Windows 7 is looking better to me after several credible
media outlets confirmed on Friday that Microsoft will be rolling out a program,
called “managed desktop” that will have you paying a monthly fee to use Windows 10. According to the report, MS had “no comment”. It’s no surprise as Adobe is already doing it wit their software such as Photoshop and Lightroom. When Windows 10 was offered “free”, I kept saying there are no free lunches.
It’s too bad that FRS doesn’t have a Mac client – this would certainly motivate me to jump ship.
73 Jim, WQ2H
I've heard all the arguments that "Mac/iPhones are easier to use." For several years, I ran a Mac/PC lab in which (among other things) we tested user productivity doing identical tasks on Macs and PCs. The only conclusion we reached was basically "whatever you were familiar with is what you were more productive on." I do get the part about the Mac/IOS "ecosystem" being more integrated so that if a real estate agent takes a picture on his/her iPhone, it is filed and more easily found on the desktop or server. How many of us need that. Is it worth 4-5 times the price of a phone?
Believe me, I don't want to pay an additional fee to use Windows 10. Facebook has been threatening to charge a monthly fee for several years and apparently have reached the conclusion that it could seriously injure their business model. If a monthly fee was imposed, I might consider moving back to an older OS. My point is "is it that big a deal?" I doubt that FRS would consider investing in a client (SSDR) for 11% of the world's desktops. What would Apple charge for an embedded OS to run on the Maestro, if they'd even consider licensing it. Bottom line for me is that despite it's warts and wrinkles, SSDR for Windows will probably remain the primary desktop client. To me, the "prestige" of owning Apple products is not worth the 4-5 X upcharge. again, what is the monthly cost of using Mac OS or IOS. It is built in there someplace!
I guess we all pay our money and make our choice.
That's my take on these two OS's.
Now enterprise users are a whole other thing as they have very special support needs such as specific hardware and software support like banking machines, POS terminals, government, aerospace and so on so they are the most likely to use this payment plan.
Looks like they plan on having windows 10 for more years than i thought.
So we are in for a wild ride!
Once again, sensationalist clickbait is claiming Microsoft will soon require a subscription fee to “rent” your Windows operating system. This just isn’t true. Microsoft’s “desktop as a service” plan is only for businesses, and it also includes hardware—not just software.
Here’s What “Microsoft Managed Desktop” Actually Is
This particular round of misinformation was inspired by a new subscription service named “Microsoft Managed Desktop.” One particularly misleading article by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols over at Computer World says Microsoft is “getting ready to replace Windows 10 with the Microsoft Managed Desktop.” But that’s not true at all.“Microsoft Managed Desktop” is subscription service for businesses, and it includes the Windows 10 operating system. It doesn’t “replace” Windows 10 at all.
Microsoft Managed Desktop will be a single monthly fee that lets a business lease a physical PC that’s automatically provisioned (set up) for that business. This PC will run Windows 10 and Microsoft will keep the operating system up to date and ensure those updates don’t cause problems.
Again: This is an optional subscription service for businesses that includes a lease of physical PC hardware, which happens to be running Windows 10. Those businesses aren’t just paying for software.You probably don’t want this at home, but businesses can pay a single monthly fee to get a fleet of PCs and have Microsoft manage them. The business doesn’t need a big IT department. It doesn’t even need to sink a bunch of money into purchasing PC hardware up front, either.
Read the real information and stop being paranoid!
N8SDR makes some good points regarding Windows as a Service. It's highly unlikely that private, individual users will be switched to a subscription model for one simple reason: Microsoft uses you as guinea pigs to test the various updates that they constantly push out. This is why individual PCs are on a "Targeted" Semi-Annual channel for major updates (think Spring and Fall), while business users are on the "Non-Targeted" Semi-Annual, meaning they get their updates only after MS has proven that changes presented to those more often (Targeted) are then suitable and stable enough for the business community. Some folks son't like that, but it is the way MS wants to ferret out problems, and for the most part it seems to be working well, save for some folks who get burned by poorly designed OS changes - but they do fix them fairly quickly.
Windows is a completely different world from the fixed hardware world of Mac OS. For the ability to operate on a myriad of different hardware and at a much lower cost overall, Windows has to deal with more and different growing pains than other operating systems. It still commands nearly 75% of the overall desktop OS market.