Not time yet
Best Argument: Yes, now!
Audience Favored: Not time yet (68%)
Welcome to the 21st Century
The longer you've been in this crazy business, the more of a sentimental attachment you're likely to feel to shrink-wrapped software. But this industry isn't in its infancy anymore, and it's time to give up that security blanket.
My opponent believes that possession of a box and a shiny disk conveys magical properties that can safely repel copyright and patent lawsuits and provide a "Get out of Jail Free" card for your next software audit. Sorry, but that's just not true. Having a physical package and some sort of certificate or sticker just means you have more stuff to keep track of. Your real rights when it comes to business software are defined by contract, and the shrink-wrapped box is completely irrelevant.
Getting over the obsession with the physical media is freeing in so many ways. Subscription-based software updates itself, so you don't have to continually be planning for migrations and downtime. And when old, vulnerable versions of a program are no longer available, the Internet at large is a better, safer place.
I'll keep a couple of those shrink-wrapped boxes around as reminders of the way the world used to work, but I won't miss them.
No harm in keeping it
Voters are wrong
It's somewhat stunning that the majority of the vote is for shrink wrapped software. Arguments between Ed Bott and Ken Hess aside, that vote is absolutely bonkers. Fortunately for me, Ed made the better case even though Ken had some good arguments for hanging on to those boxes. Ed gets the win though. The rest of you need to get your head shrink wrapped.