The Changing Nature Of Software Licensing

from the more-expensive,-or-less-used? dept

Gartner is warning the world that computers are changing in ways that software companies don't understand, and thus, their licenses aren't changing to meet the new way people compute. Because of that, they're afraid that software will become much more expensive, as companies need to pay extra licensing fees for dual processor machines or if people are using machines that are priced like utilities. Gartner makes it out as if this is a major problem, but that seems to be overstating the case. One of two things is likely to happen: first, software makers will quickly adjust their licensing plans. They've done so before, and they'll do so again. Second, people will find alternatives that are more friendly to the way they want to do business. It seems unlikely that the price of software will actually rise because of these changes.
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    Anonymous Coward, 23 Nov 2004 @ 4:40pm

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    ...that is unless the USPTO gives monopolies to companies like Micro$oft which limit people's choice on what software they can buy. In which case, like any good market distortion does raises the price of the goods in question (software).

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      Anonymous Coward, 24 Nov 2004 @ 10:47am

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      The public gave Microsoft their monopoly status when they CHOSE Microsoft in the first place.

      Go play with your Apple

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