Quote: Originally Posted by Dorfdad
Hey DataMan47 Even if Microsoft did change the rules on the fly they would face alot of legal issues since people bought this under the terms set forth now. I can see them changing it for new users but if you own an account they have to allow the keys to work forever.
Thats like you leasing a car with x miles allowed and half way through they say were only allowing 3000 miles a year. You would be grandfathered.
I haven't read all of the terms, but I don't think that MSFT said that they'd give you a perpetual license that never expires. They do say that you can use it only for evaluation, and it would seem that a perpetual license would fly in the face of that.
So a better analogy would be this: You are leasing a car, and the car company says that you can't leave the country with the car. But they never check for that, and some of your buddies tell you that you can even drive as many miles as you want. Then the company says that you can't drive more than 3K miles. They can do that because they never promised unlimited miles. And second, they can justify it by saying "if you never leave the country, you wouldn't need to use more than 3K miles per year anyway, right?". The key here is what you mean by "allowed": if they "allowed" perpetual licenses as a part of the agreement, then it's much harder to change, but if they "allowed" perpetual licenses because they never bothered to say otherwise, then they are free to change that on a whim.
I'm not saying that they would do this. But that they could. Especially now that more and more people are using TechNet as a way to "buy" their stuff at a huge discount.