Not long ago there were comments here that some software just must be sold as a licence to use. This was given as a reason that FLOSS could never succeed in the market. Well, Adobe, one of the flagships of non-FLOSS software has started selling pay-as-you-go instead of pay-up-front. Sweet. It’s still not a cloud-service, but that will come. Now Adobe will have a large increase in customers because they changed their licensing model to pay-as-you-go. That’s proof that paid-up-front licences are not the only way to go. Now little guys/startups will more easily be able to afford Adobe’s products. Because the service is open-ended the profit potential increases. Imagine that.
This licensing model has all kinds of advantages for businesses. Pay-as-you-go is an immediate tax deduction instead of depreciation which is spread over years. FLOSS can use a pay-as-you-go model as well. Red Hat has been very successful with it.