I recently got Cubase Ai9.5 with my interface and I am impressed with it. However, it’s quite disappointing that it can only be installed on one computer. I have a high performance ultrabook (surface book 2) and a high performance computer, and two main locations to do recording; however, at the moment I am only limited to one of them.
Office 365 has a great system where they’re tied into your Microsoft Account for validation, where there are 5 computers that can be used for the home version, and it’s validated by your login for each. I was using OpenOffice before I got Office 365, but after re-evaluating things, I switched my family over to 365. The latter is tremendously competitive and flexible.
Why does Steinberg not add Microsoft account validation for Windows users? Cubase can become a Windows Store app and be limited only to a user’s account. There can be an ultra-basic version and then the upgrade to Cubase AI could require the key and serial that comes with audio interfaces. The user can then download cubase on as many devices as he likes, and only he can use it.
There are many different software companies exploring the Windows store option at the moment for big ticket items, and some have committed (e.g. Photoshop Elements 2018). There is also a subscription feature available for store purchases, which is used by Drawboard PDF for its architect-tailored items. Considering the host of pricing mechanisms available today, it seems to me self-limiting from a potential sales perspective for Steinberg to be restricted to single-computer and USB validation. Of course there is also the customer usability perspective.
In conclusion, I hope that Steinberg considers modernising its licensing to reflect modern possibilities.