Actually, the subscription thing was introduced a year ago. You can still opt for the standalone one-time license though.
1Password is moving to an all subscription pricing model. If someone has purchased 6 they'll receive all updates to 6, but that's it.
From Dave Teare directly "So no, I will not promise that 1Password 7 or 8 will allow licenses to be used instead of memberships. These releases are too far in the future to make any promises about."
Yes iPassword 6 and later are subscription based, but iPassword 4 isn't going out of support, according to John M in support:
When we debuted our subscription service in late 2015, we didn't have a Windows app that was capable of talking to our service. Windows had also undergone a lot of technological improvements since development of 1Password 4 had started, so we decided to start fresh with a new codebase. We also took the opportunity to jump a version number or two, and name the new app "1Password 6" to match our other platforms; we figured the tradeoff of a little confusion for existing customers was worth reducing confusion for all future customers. 1Password 6 for Windows is still in active development along-side 1Password 4 for Windows - one supported app for subscription customers, one supported app for licence customers.
+1 for 1Password.
I would have said the same a month ago, but 1Password is changing their pricing to $36 a year subscription.
I'm switching to LastPass.
Actually, the subscription thing was introduced a year ago. You can still opt for the standalone one-time license though. Response on a support ticket on their site:
Password standalone licences are still available for sale; our subscription accounts offer many advantages compared to a standalone licence, and so for almost everyone a subscription account is the best way to go.
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