Somewhere in Redmond... (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on 2015-04-14 23:24 (#72G3) Every conversation you can imagine about what should we do with our software -- open versus not-open versus services -- has happenedI can imagine how that conversation went:Sales Guy:Inexpensive alternatives like Chrome OS are eating into our Windows revenue! What if we give away the OS and charge everyone a yearly maintenance fee?Tech Guy:Are you sure the customers would stand for paying for bug fixes every year, forever?Sales Guy:Why not? It's brilliant! They only look at the purchase price of the laptop in the store. They won't even realize that they'll end up paying us significantly more than they are now!Tech Guy:But what if they want to cancel their subscription?Sales Guy:Cover their screens in Windows Genuine Advantage ads and force their computer to reboot after a few minutes; like we do with pirated copies now!Tech Guy:Won't that just push them further towards Linux-based alternatives?Sales Guy:Oh ya, that reminds me. You and 18,000 of your buddies report to this room down the hall. Sorry.