I applaud the policy reconsideration and modification. E-On makes some cool art tools. I love Vue.
I will likely continue to keep up-to-date with Vue. However, I can’t image paying $200 per year on a license server for updated versions of the software–despite the fact that it is very convenient in my circumstances.
As noted in the thread linked above, I own a wide array of commercial 3D apps that use license servers and network licenses. While the exact implementation varies, almost all licensing is agnostic as to where the license and license server are kept (locally or remote). Many companies don’t charge a dime for this (Afterworks, Ephere, Itoosoft, Di-O-Matic). Those that do charge have always been a one-time fee (nPower, Orbaz, even Autodesk, and now formerly, E-on Software).
The way Autodesk works is that you are upgrading the license itself to a network seat, so upgrades to your annual subscription are to that license (which is already a multi-seat license now). That, essentially, is how I’ve interpreted the purchase of the E-On license server usage from the beginning.
So even though they have back-pedaled on this in a more palatable fashion, it is still not very consumer friendly. The consumer simply has a higher financial burden with not one single extra service than they once received–and the customer actually gets less for the money they do spend to begin with after this new licensing policy.
How this affects their bottom line is unknown to me. I do know that it makes me personally more skeptical about making purchases.