|JetBrains Responds To Backlash|
|Written by Alex Armstrong|
|Monday, 21 September 2015|
After an outcry from its existing customers when it announced a new a subscription service for its range of desktop developer tools, JetBrains has now settled on a pricing model that includes a Perpetual Fallback Licence. Is this enough?
JetBrains was forced to reconsider its plans for the new revenue model that it claimed offers a lower price tag and simplified licence management due to an unprecedented amount of feedback.
In a blog post announcing its final decision on the new pricing scheme, Maxim Shafirov states:
We are moving forward with subscriptions with important adjustments
and also responds in detail to some of the major objections.
Shafirov summarizes the "adjustments" are follows:
The main concession, a Perpetual Fallback Licence comes in response to what is seen as the most controversial aspect of the move to a subscription model. Many developers argued:
“This is downloadable software and I’ve paid for it. Now I’ll lose access to it if I don’t pay.”
and JetBrains is still coming in for criticism for the way in which these perpetual licences will operate.
For a start the details are sufficiently complicated to require diagrams:
This one, that shows a monthly subscription held for 8 months points out that you only get a perpetual licence if you subscribe for at least a year.
After subscribing for a full year you only have a Perpetual license for the version at the very start of your subscription despite the fact that you could have been using a newer version for most of that time. So if you have upgraded, you now have to "fallback" to the older version. This has been recognized by devs as a big disincentive.
The same problem applies if you have a longer subscription.
A Perpetual Fallback License seems to be designed only to cover up to the penultimate version - it will only ever include the latest version if there hasn't been an upgrade within the last 12 months - the message being if you want to use JetBrain's latest tools you have to keep paying!
So far from JetBrains now offering a simplified license management the new scheme is only simple if you can afford to be a perpetual customer!
On the other hand, JetBrains has provided an option for offline license keys which does address another of the drawbacks of its original scheme.
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|Last Updated ( Monday, 21 September 2015 )|