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Topic:   What does Perpetual Licence mean?

By: GuestPosted on: Jan 31 2019 at 10:50:50 AM
Is that free updates through all future versions?

By: SupportPosted on: Feb 1 2019 at 08:48:42 AM
Free updates means free updates of your current version.

So, for example, if you purchased version 5 then you'll get v5 updates free for life. This includes bug fixes, improvements and updates which are necessary to maintain compatibility with future versions of Windows. These updates will be numbered 5.1 and 5.2 and 5.3 etc etc. You get all those free.

By: GuestPosted on: Feb 2 2019 at 03:21:24 AM
So what's the $65 upgrade on the buy now page.?

By: GuestPosted on: Feb 2 2019 at 03:26:29 AM
Sorry. I'm not complaining about the price. It seems very reasonable. In fact "Too" reasonable. When one considers that other software vendors are charging per month or per year I just want to get my head round it so there's no surprise later.

By: Another GuestPosted on: Feb 2 2019 at 04:09:41 AM
The software houses that charge per month are actually charging for a cloud based service. They'd usually be operating the servers where your data is stored and those other vendors would be billing you every month for the continued running costs of the service. From a technical point of view such vendors can bill monthly because if you don't pay it's assumed that you don't want the service so it can be switched off. That might be a pro or a con depending on how you look at it.

minimrp doesn't work like that. The program runs on your computer and you put the data where you want. either locally or even in the cloud. If you wanted to take it into the cloud it requires maybe a little more knowledge about such things but you have full control over both sides of the equation and minimrp could not switch you off even if they wanted to. So, stands to reason that, for technical reasons, minimrp take their money up front because once you're running they can't force you to pay any more.

and, in the longer term, minimrp is lower cost because they simply don't have the running costs

By: SupportPosted on: Feb 2 2019 at 06:59:37 AM
Thank you "Another Guest". I might have worded it differently but your explanation of the difference between our perpetual licence and the monthly "Subscription" model used by many other software suppliers is basically correct.

But let me answer that question about the $65 "Upgrade".

We see a difference between "Updates" and "Upgrades".

We release regular "Free" updates. These might be fixes to faults in the software or even larger updates introducing a whole new feature that people have asked for. But the underlying software and data format is the same. It's the same program with a few bolt ons.

But occasionally, maybe once every 5 to 10 years, we release an entirely different program. Sometimes because evolving technology forces us to make a switch or maybe just to make better use of that technology.

When we release these major "Upgrades" we could, I suppose, do it at zero cost but we hope users don't mind, very occasionally, paying for the upgrade. As I said it's usually around once in five years or so. v5 was just end of last year and v4 was way back in 2011.

But we don't force people to upgrade. We still have users of v3, maybe even a few of earlier versions still getting occasional 'free' support.

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