Microsoft has been pushing Office 365, the $100-per-year Microsoft Office subscription, for years now. But the Windows Fall Creators update goes further. For the first time, non-Office Windows features will live behind the Office 365 paywall.
As WithinRafael points out on Twitter, and Brad Sams points out on Thurrot.com, the Fall Creators Update brings new 3D video effects to the Photos app. Most of the effects work for everyone, but click some of them and you’ll see a popup like this:
— Rafael Rivera (@WithinRafael) October 12, 2017
You need an Office 365 account to use this feature that’s completely unrelated to Office. Simply buying Office 2016 isn’t enough: you need the subscription.
It’s arguably not a huge deal: the majority of effects are available to everyone, and if we’re honest, relatively few people were likely to use these effects in the first place.
You could call it a benefit of Office 365, which already includes things like 60 minutes of Skype calls and 1TB of OneDrive storage space. Still, it’s a precedent: in the future, some visible Windows features will seemingly only work for 365 subscribers.
Call it the Amazon-Prime-ification of Windows.
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