The license soup has become extremely convoluted. Our organization really wanted to try Spatial Analyst for a year, but I discovered that because we have perpetual Desktop licenses we are prohibited from purchasing the extension for an annual term and would instead be forced to purchase it perpetually because "the license terms have to match." This is so anti-consumer and arbitrary, it really bothers me. I know there are non-production trials, but we would need to test it in a production environment to realize the potential benefits to our workflows. Offering the option of purchasing a GIS Professional AGOL license that we have absolutely no use for just to gain access to a reduced extension term is completely absurd, and quite frankly felt like a slap in the face. I strongly dislike the way many of Esri's products are currently packaged and sold, there are a lot of "it's clearly only this way because it maximizes revenue" stipulations, very disappointing.
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