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Windows Blue free for Win 8 users?

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#31 Scorbing


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Posted 03 January 2013 - 15:18

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.

It better be free.

#32 Dot Matrix

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 00:37

Considering many licenses have been purchased for future use by many (including for business use by the U.S. DoD), I do not see Windows "Blue" being a paid for upgrade. Most likely it will be a feature and update pack that will bring much needed functionality to the OS. Businesses would not pay twice for the same OS, so why should consumers?

#33 Raa


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Posted 04 January 2013 - 00:45

I find it unlikely...

#34 Livin in a box

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 00:57

Where there's an easy way to make money, they'll do it. I can't see this being free, but I also can't see them charging over £20 for it.

They didn't make Windows 8 cheaper for no reason if they didn't have some other way to make money back on it.

#35 +LogicalApex


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Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:26

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.

As much as we seem do disagree, I have to agree with you here. All of the data is pointing to MS charging for this release. Every previous version of Windows, even the "odd ball" XP SP2, has had a SP release and they were never branded releases. Since MS is branding this release I'm confident this is being done to setup SP releases to be similar to OS X, as you mentioned, where they are cheap updates that users pay for.

For me, another reason to be angry at Windows 8, but I don't want to derail the thread.

#36 bigmehdi



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Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:57

Microsoft would have to wait to see the public reaction for windows 8 (or just accept it :rolleyes: ) , to decide on the right "business strategy".
I won't be surprised if the blue thing is canceled.
Now they are doing intensive advertising, so that consumers think win 8 is the coolest thing on earth (would it work ? :rofl: ).

#37 Dashel



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Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:14

They should as an olive branch to early adopters, especially if we have a corresponding WP7 device.

#38 DoomsDayMayan



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Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:17

Your comment was.

No, it cost him time to write it.

#39 calimike



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Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:25

How about $1 for update/upgrade to boost MS's stock, profit and finance?!

#40 contextfree



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Posted 04 January 2013 - 05:22

Pricing usually isn't decided until closer to the release, anyway.