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We would also like this information decided and disclosed by Adobe as soon as possible.
New projects are happening all the time which could benefit from the next version of Flex if the coresponding budgets allowed. We are in the planning stages of several such projects, and would not like to hold them in limbo indefinately...
We hope that the pricing is scalable enough to reach the entire gammut of users - so that not only the elite businesses can afford the server side technology. A given price per user or small block of users would be great, which would be in effect above the "mystery threshold" for the no-charge users.
We don't plan to announce the final packaging and pricing until we release the product. I know you'd like to have more detailed information than that, but that's all we're sharing at the moment.
I can say that our goal is to make the pricing for both FDS and Flex SDK scale from free on upwards in a way that matches the business value of the applications that you're deploying. In other words, the free version of FDS will not be so limited that you can't use it for a real production application; on the other hand, deploying large-scale, highly reliable applications is not going to be free.
Group Product Manager, Flex
We really appreciate your reply. Your goal sounds very close to what we have in mind.
We operate in the SMB market. There are many levels of profitability and lack thereof which our customers cycle through as they grow their businesses. It takes several iterations of this before they become well established. We assist these customers through this process, because we believe technology plays an important role and frequently defines the likelyhood of a positive outcome.
We'd like to thank you for the changes being implemented If Adobe acheives the stated goal, we will be even more effective in achieving ours! Best regards.