Us users can’t guess how Omni will go. Greed and lack of ideas has propelled many companies toward a subscription-only model. The combination of mature software and relatively stable OS’s, means that without a subscription model, a company needs a great deal of innovation to convince users to upgrade regularly. If the idea-well begins running low, they have no choice but to move to subscriptions. For those companies the path is:
Step 1) Optional subscriptions
Step 2) Let development of the non-subscription version lag a bit compared to subscription.
We just want to let you know that although a few of the newest features we’re excited to bring you can only work well in our subscription product, we remain fully committed to the standalone version of software S for the indefinite future and have no plans to require a subscription.”
Step 3) "Dear Users:
Y years ago we introduced an optional subscription for our beloved S software. It was an experiment and we had no idea how it would go or what direction it would lead us. Since then, user response to the subscription model has been overwhelmingly positive, and it has given our entire team renewed energy and the freedom to innovate and create features for you like F1, F2, and F3. Because most of our users strongly prefer the subscription model, we just aren’t able to devote the resources to our standalone version needed to maintain it at the level that our users deserve. Although version V will be our last standalone version of S, we want to reassure everyone that there is no requirement to sign up for a subscription. The standalone license you purchased will continue to be valid and you may continue using it for as long as you wish. Although we expect the standalone version to continue functioning normally for some time, please understand that we can’t predict future changes to the underlying OS, and that at some point version V may no longer function properly.
The C company greatly appreciates the support you have shown us over the years and we are excited by the road ahead.
-Best Wishes, C (CEO)
Only Omni knows if this is their direction, but users should remain watchful for the signs and begin to scan the horizon for alternatives. Let’s see what they do.