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On 09/18/2012 02:57 PM, Andreas Säger wrote:
In Germany there is a legal market for used software including OEM versions
of Windows and Office.

I think the used market is partly driven by local laws and how the
courts have or have not enforced the EULA.

Back to the renting issue, IMHO one should look past the hype and try to
determine if renting/SaaS is good deal overall. If you are not using
bleeding edge features of your office suite then updating the software
often may not make sense except when support for your version lapses. I
suspect most users do not use much outside the common core features of
any office suite (LO, AOO, MSO, etc) thus upgrading is not needed when a
new version comes out. LO and AOO being FOSS do not cost users any money
to obtain. Thus LO and AOO are not obsessively concerned about how fast
users upgrade from previous versions. MS, however, needs people to buy
new versions of MSO. Thus methods such as deprecating older file formats
or adopting a rental model will be used. The rental model, in theory,
guarantees a stabler cash flow whether the software rental is good for
users is another matter.

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