• Posted on March 19, 2013

Software Subscriptions

Software Subscriptions are not a new thing, but they have been getting popular due to Microsoft Office 365 and all the recent Adobe products. A Software Subscription is the use of monthly or yearly payments for the software. This helps keep upfront costs low, instead of paying $1,000.00 for software, you end up paying $30.00 a month until you no longer need the product then you cancel it. Also with subscriptions it gives the software creators more of a reason to release updates to keep users subscribed to the software. Instead of creating 1 large version of software and selling it and moving onto the next one, with subscription developers can keep releasing updates.

Personally I like the idea of Software Subscriptions but only in a few cases. I don’t want to pay a yearly fee that is the same as the old products “unlimited” use cost. Office 365 is $100.00 to $300.00 a year. Office 2010 is $100.00 to $250.00 for the full product. Both of these softwares I will end up using for more than a year, probably 3 years so why pay three times the price?

On the other hand we have Adobe. They cut their products $700.00 program to only a $20.00 a month fee. If I need one of their programs for a specific project that is only going to take a month or two I will buy their product for that duration at a fraction of the cost. Even if I wanted their product for a longer duration a $20.00 for per month is very hard to beat, some TV subscriptions are around that same price.

Companies are starting to do software subscriptions to get more users to buy the product due to reduced costs. Prevent torrenting and illegal downloads also because of the reduced cost. The last thing is they can release updates for the current released software and still get paid without screwing over the already subscribed / purchased users.

I really don’t want to see all software become subscribed, and I don’t want a subscribed only method of payment. If companies only do subscriptions I will end up having to pay hundreds a month just for software that I should already own.

Below are a few subscription based software.

  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Adobe Software
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Norton Ghost
  • Intel Anti-Theft Service
  • AutoCad LT
  • AutoDesk 360