A major feature attracting me to Manager is their support for a non-cloud (other companies computer) versions, even should I use the cloud service in the future.
Despite Manager being excellent software, I value my data above the software program.
The issue is some of the major software vendors have realised this and changed their business model to monetize users data (Google, Microsoft, other accounting software etc). The monetization strategies used typically makes the users the product (their data and screen time is sold) and/or the users data becomes remarkably hard to extract once entered, thus locking customer to a progressively less competitive product.
Mangers support for a local server indicates in a very clear manner (actions speak louder than words) that this is not the strategy Manager is intending to employ.
I believe manager would loose customers by making the private server option less visible.
I do however agree the product description should clearly state:- Specialist knowledge is required to support a local server including backup, secure access control, URL maintenance and firewall configuration. As a result many users find the hosted sever a better option overall.