synony writes: "What if Microsoft switched its business model from licensing to a subscription model with Windows? Would it be a feasible model? Brandon Watts doesn't think so. He concludes, "Finally, a lot of people are using Windows right now simply because they have it on their computer. If their usage of Windows expired at the end of some sort of a subscription, then you can count on the fact that they'd be more inclined to examine other operating system options rather than signing on to another usage period of a desktop experience that they may not even be pleased with. Also, if Windows technically expires, then what happens to all of the data? Will the computer just become a useless box unless Linux or an older version of Windows is installed on it, or will the installed version just continue to run as is? As you can see, a lot of questions still have to be answered, and we won't fully know what to expect until that final version of Windows 7 is released."