This week on #mochat we discussed the pros & cons of software as a service (subscription) vs perpetual licenses (traditional). This was spurred by the recent news that for any Adobe purchase beyond CS6 will require a Creative Cloud subscription. Adobe even stopped by to answer some questions… something they seem to be on top of this week with the news.
The main advantages of such a purchase have been touted quite a bit recently… easier accounting, always up-to-date availability of software, the promise of faster development cycles since one product’s release isn’t tied to the entire suite… But there was also a lot of concern and even anger over the move. The primary complaints seem to center around lack of choice, really. Some are upset about no longer getting to skip an update if you feel the cost isn’t worth it and they are tied into a payment cycle in perpetuity. There’s also uncertainty about being forced into price increases as they might occur.
While a little on the long side (over 330 tweets), the transcript is will worth the read for some of the links Adobe posted, the concerns people have, as well as some of the things people are really excited about for the upcoming Creative Cloud release.