Originally Posted by cardmaverick
All software will move in this direction for one simple reason: they can finally control it and clamp down on piracy. I predicted this move about 5 years ago.
It's not just for that reason. It's more basic than that, it's what Benny pointed out - they can charge a lot more via monthly payments than then can selling the software for one lump sum.
I used to be a NAPP member and before I left, Adobe announced this rental software idea. I posted a cost comparison for buy vs. rent over time, and 'buy' was the better financial option for the customer, hands-down, from a total cost of ownership basis.
Clamping down on piracy is the gravy, not the meat. Hackers will figure out how to pirate rental software, too, it's just a matter of time. But those monthly payments, that's the sizzle with the steaks for companies that do it.