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#1 aionaddict

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 13:50

Just wondering before I officially purchase Windows 8 is Blue going to be a free update/service pack? If not I find it a bit ridiculous.


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Posted 28 December 2012 - 13:51

No one knows yet.

#3 AR556

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 14:06

I'm going to call it and predict it will be free.

#4 subcld

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 20:55

it should be free for windows 8 users hopefully ...

#5 Growled

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 00:45

I'm going to call it and predict it will be free.


If it's nothing but a service pack, it traditionally is free. But who knows now.

#6 Manarift

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 01:19

If it's nothing but a service pack, it traditionally is free. But who knows now.


Have to agree they supposedly want to get rid of Service packs like for example they never released a SP2 for windows 7 like they did for vista when it came out

#7 HawkMan

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 01:22

Probably not. most likely you're seeing a shift from large expensive windows licenses to more frequent cheaper windows upgrade licenses, ala Apple (remember every Apple OS sold is an upgrade). which is also marked by the move away from boxed versions and only OEM versions and upgrades for sale.

So it probably won't be free, but it will be cheap.

#8 syobon999

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 21:33

yeah free... right.

#9 pack34

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 21:36

Probably not. most likely you're seeing a shift from large expensive windows licenses to more frequent cheaper windows upgrade licenses, ala Apple (remember every Apple OS sold is an upgrade). which is also marked by the move away from boxed versions and only OEM versions and upgrades for sale.

So it probably won't be free, but it will be cheap.


Blue is an update, not Windows 9.

#10 HawkMan

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 21:51

Blue is an update, not Windows 9.


so is every OSX update.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 22:15

so is every OSX update.


When I mean is, Apple treats every OSX update as the next version of OSX while Blue is supposed to be more of a feature update like a cell phone or Tablet and not the next version of the OS. I would suspect that these annual/biannual updates will be free but the big version number releases every two-three years will be paid. That's at least how I suspect they will treat it. I don't think it would sit well with users to have to pay for a software update for their tablet and since Microsoft is treating it as "One OS to rule them all" I see the smart device update scheme to bleed over to Windows.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 22:27

That would have made sense if MS hadn't reduced the price of windows severely with Win8. and very little is officially known about both blue and win9, practically nothing in fact.

#13 BoDEAN

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 22:39

Just wondering before I officially purchase Windows 8 is Blue going to be a free update/service pack? If not I find it a bit ridiculous.


Nothings free in life.

#14 TheExperiment

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 22:53

Nothings free in life.

Your comment was.

#15 Robbie Ride

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 23:07

I think Windows Blue will be a free add-on/update to Windows 8, but at the same time I hope it fixes the short comings at the same time. If Microsoft were to add more features to the Metro sorry Modern UI apps it would be more of a joy to use, at the minute it seems like a lot of the features were left out the same way they were left out of Windows Phone 8.

It is funny how Apple calls nearly every OS X release as Major Revision, when it's the same original revision that was released in 2001, of course newer technologies have been incorporated, but anything else its just fixes to the backend, a change over to WinTel processors and a new name. Its almost like Apple are too scared to create anything new. So maybe in 2014/2015 when the current build revision numbers run out we may get to see OS X 11 and something new and different.



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