Friendly reminder: "X as a service" is just a misleading corporate euphemism for "pay forever for not owning it".

"Software as a service" actually means "pay forever for not owning the software".

"Games as a service" actually means "pay forever for not owning games".

"Infrastructure as a service" actually means "pay forever for not owning the hardware".

And so on.

There is no "cloud", it's just other people's computers

@drq it's not "misleading" — the "as a service" model is openly and explicitly about users of software not owning that software. No one is hiding this or attempting to confuse anyone about it. "Not owning" is definitionally what a "service" is

This is a thing a lot of people and orgs want, just as a lot of people want to have their music library be a service rather than owning their music. No one is confused here, they just don't place a high value on ownership

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@Calcifer Here's the deal. More and more software becomes exclusively "as a service". And corporations deliberately use the language reserved for goods to advertise their services.

"BUY this song on iTunes" sets the expectation that this song will stay with you forever.

"BUY this live-service DRM-protected game" sets the expectation that this song will stay with you forever.

It won't. It can be taken away from you any moment. For no refund.

"as a service" - is a deliberate propaganda term to set the narrative of "ownership being obsolete".

"No one is confused here" is a pretty disingenuous statement. Ross Scott talked about this in terms of games, there's a video link in the thread.

@drq I think you're conflating two things: DRM-encumbered purchases, which are misleading since people expect to own objects they buy; and things advertised as services, which are not

No one who ssubscribes to Creative Cloud is confused about the fact they're buying acesss not product. No reasonable person believes they've bought anything. Such thingd mostly use terms like "subscribe"

"X as a service" is openly advertising that it's not ownership of X, else "as a service" wouldn't be required

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