I get the whole renting and licensing thing everyone is talking about here. But if I buy software (be it a game or a program) I can install it as many times as I want for however many years go by. I understand I may not get the updates or upgrades of the software but I can still install them none the less. If Impulse's concept is for you to have digital software that can be installed thru Impulse without the need for CDs, I don't understand why after a year they would restrict you from using Impulse to install it and instead you are provided a link to download an .EXE version of the program? It's interesting how these things work.
This only applies to Object Desktop, as it's really a subscription, not a purchase. If you were to purchase the apps separately, or games, those are good indefinitely.
I'm thinking that after a person's subscription expires he/she is only entitled to the last full release version, not any subsequent beta's, right?
You can restore any archives made before the subscription lapsed, beta or full release.
I'm wondering if the full release versions should be kept, I can see where a person would be tempted not to keep those archives after newer beta's came out.
It's not a bad idea to make an archive of both. I wouldn't rely on beta releases for backup copies.