Thursday, February 08, 2007


Interesting potted history

The following posting is informative, describing in a few paragraphs the way software business models have changes throughout the years.

At one stage, software was not a product in its own right. It was part of the hardware. Then, it became separate from it, then bundling was introduced, then volume discounting, then licensing and network licenses. The next big change was free software and the charging for services instead of the software. Advertising supported models have now started to become commonplace. We are now seeing a move into SaaS and subscription based models.

That's it in a nutshell.

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