I realize people ask/complain about this all the time. But seriously. Other than Microsoft's lifetime licenses for Office 2019 (which is hardly a good example since they push SO HARD on "upgrading" to 365) are any vendors still creating options for offline software. I'm generally fine with the SaaS takeover but I still want the option. Any great options I may not be aware of?
Most major software today is subscription-only, and the few perpetual license options offer a year of support making their pricing more like a subscription then older software licenses were. Most software that isn't subscription is either self-hosted team software, add-ons for open source products, or creative and development software used by individuals on their personal devices.
If you collaborate on others in software and use it in a browser, chances are it requires a subscription. If the software syncs data or stores files on your behalf, it'll likely require a subscription. If the software requires frequent updates—especially for regulated industries like accounting and engineering where laws change frequently, or design tools like Lightroom that need to add support for new lenses and cameras—that software will also likely require a subscription.
That leaves a few fields that still have individual, perpetual licenses: Self-hosted web services that run on your company's servers, legacy software that still offers perpetual licenses, and job-specific tools that are purchased and installed individually on your computer. The latter include a wide range of software that you might buy from the App Store or Windows Store, things like writing and design software, to-do list apps, and more. Here are some software that still has one-time licenses:
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