The wave of the future is to offer consumers a license of a software package or operating system. This has been seen in the new Windows 10, where consumers will be forced to pay a cost to continue to use the operating system and to gain valuable upgrades. This keeps it so that original costs can be kept down, and offers a ready supply of cash in terms of licensing to Microsoft each year. It is a model that more companies are following.
This kind of idea is even spreading to the world of software packages. Instead of a company or consumer buying a software package, they can simply purchase a license so that if they find that they don’t like it after a year they don’t have to waste their money on a product that did not work for them. This also protects the company from having multiple users using the same software package.
Now, Mark Hurd CEO of Oracle is offering consumers and businesses alike an option that is quickly gaining in popularity. Instead of a person having to install a space consuming software package on their computer, they can now access the software package and use it directly through the internet, meaning they have little, if anything, to download onto their computer at all.
This is offering consumers an option that simply cannot be beat. First of all, by accessing the program on the internet, this means that the program does not take up valuable resources on the machine. You can store individual files that you are working on your computer but you have no concerns in terms of the program taking up space itself.
In addition, if there are upgrades that need to occur to the program, they are done instantly. You don’t need to do anything at all; the company automatically does the upgrade because it is done on their server.