I have an Object Desktop subscription that is expiring and currently costs $20 to renew. The Retail price is $50.
When it first came out, with Win7, I subscribed to OD because I could download and run nearly a dozen different apps.
Over time, this has cut back to Startxx and Windowblinds -- which means they cost me $10 each, more than the $5 (?) for Startxx alone but not enough to matter for me.
But I don't really want to keep paying the OD renewal year after year, hoping that WB 11 will eventually be released.
And there is the dilemma -- if I let OD subscription die, then it will cost me (at least) $50 to get it down the road when WB11 gets released. Or, I keep paying $20 a year for basically Start11 -- which while not a LOT, is bothersome because as some have pointed out here, there are NOW some really good Start Menu alternatives that are free.
And then, we get a post claiming the 2023 for Windowblinds was a "typo" and it is really 2022. So, as long as it really does come out next year, then my $20 renewal will get me WB 11. But, as beaten to death here in this thread, there are no fine-grained accurate predictions of WB 11 availability.
An yeah, I know it's not a lot of money, I just don't like paying for something I'm not going to get.