Originally Posted by ACleverName
Get everyone on win10. Wait a bit. Boom you now need to pay monthly for this as its a service now.
Originally Posted by skupples
accept they've already said in multiple ways that they wanna be just like apple.
buying the device is buying the base OS. n you'll pay more from there, via SAAS. A monthly version does already exist, technically. Specially for corporations using azureAD.
or just keep buying enterprise keys off of ebay, like I always do. i've yet to have one go belly up in 10 years of doing it.
Windows 7 was the last decent version of Windows as we knew it. It was clearly steering off to a different direction with 8 and 10 was the final nail. 10 Enterprise and LTSC are less bad, but not much. At least it's not literal adware and is slightly less of a spyware.
The PC will never die, but let's face it, it's not the '00s anymore. The "Consumer PC" is kind of dying. The home PC is an appliance like a washing machine now. Power users at home and gamers are an exception, but the average person now will only use a PC at work, of if they have to work on something at home. People are glued to their phones now. Even tablets lost much of their appeal now that 6" screens and larger are normal. They chat on their phones, they watch YouTube on it, waste hours on social networks and even watch series and movies on the damn thing.
Windows will only get worse from here on out. Desktop PCs will get more expensive eventually, since demand is lowering and they are only replaced when they die, they will become a sort of "home workstation". Windows might move to a monthly payment model, or not, it would be quite annoying for average folks, that might push them towards alternatives like Chromebooks and Macs (in the first world).
There will still be Linux though. The Desktop PC might become a nerd hobby again.