> "If MS does do this "subscribe to an OS service" stuff, I pretty much agree with Spacegold that there will be an enormous backlash, especially in these difficult economic times"
Indeed I think many woudn't want that.
> ". . . indeed, MS couldn't have picked a worse time to try and launch this nonsense."
Except, that they aren't. People have been saying Microsoft wants to do a subscribe to the OS service for at least the last 8 years and nothing has ever come of it.
> A lot of businesses have already moved over to Linux, and it wont be that long before it is ready for Joe Computer.
Like my point above, people have been saying this for many years and it hasn't happened yet so I wouldn't expect it to happen anytime soon.
Besides the other points, many people probably wouldn't be to willing to tie to their OS to Microsoft after the incident of Microsoft's activation servers going down and not being able to use their legal copies of Vista RTM.
To add to my message on Anti-Virus above, there are probabably Anti-Virus programs that are not as big of performance hogs as Norton and McAfee though I think it's still possible that Microsoft's free Anti-Virus could be faster then them as Microsoft knows how Windows the best.
I don't really want them to make the Anti-Virus makers go out of business as that would suck for those employees.
Also I would agree with ScottW above the Microsoft should at add a notice to OneCare that they will need to switch to a different program.
Though as long as the free Anti-Virus comes out before the subscription expires I don't think the lack of a notice is that big of a deal.