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#1 Atomic Wanderer Chicken

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 19:00

An analyst from IHS says Microsoft should emulate what Apple is doing and make Windows 8 free for existing Windows users.

 

 

 

 

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http://www.zdnet.com...ihs-7000024137/#.
 

 

 

 




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Posted 13 December 2013 - 19:03

Considering all the complaining going on, Windows 8 is too radical to be a mere service pack, and shouldn't be treated free like one either.



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Posted 13 December 2013 - 19:03

I still won't upgrade even if it is free.



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Posted 13 December 2013 - 19:06

I got a copy for free.

 

Still not going to use it.



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Posted 13 December 2013 - 19:07

Considering all the complaining going on, Windows 8 is too radical to be a mere service pack, and shouldn't be treated free like one either.

ok.. But new versions of OSX have been free.  like 10.9



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Posted 13 December 2013 - 19:09

It would really say something if Windows 8 still didn't gain traction even though Microsoft made it free. Microsoft should make it free for 1 day and give it shot at least (1 per customer).



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Posted 13 December 2013 - 19:13

ok.. But new versions of OSX have been free.  like 10.9


And?

Microsoft and Apple have two opposite pricing schemes and even primary businesses. Apple sells hardware, while Microsoft sell software. Just because Apple can make software free, doesn't mean Microsoft can. If you upgraded, then .x upgrades will be free to you, however, upgrading from a previous release will still cost you.

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 19:23

it will be free once ms' hardware puts oems out of business,until then, it will continue to rake in the billions on windows licenses.

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 19:23

I'm not quite sure how MS can survive as a software company if they give it all away for free.

Apple can do it because they make their money off of hardware.

Google can do it because they make their money off advertising.

MS makes its money off software, so it can't really give it away.

So if MS did this, it would be basically bankrupting itself. Unless of course this analyst and anyone else wanting MS to do this thinks that MS should take the Google route and start relying more on advertising revenue, maybe make Win 8 ad supported.



Besides, people are saying in this thread that they wouldn't even take it if it was free, so what exactly would the point be besides harming MS further?

I will say this though, I know a lot of people that bought Win 8 when it was offered for $20 as part of the introductory offer, so its certainly true that cheaper prices can mean more sales. On the other hand, there are only so many users that buy an OS separately for their pc. Most pc users just get their OS with the pc they buy.

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 19:27

ok.. But new versions of OSX have been free.  like 10.9

 

Apple makes a tonne off you by selling you the hardware that shipped with the OS, most of your money for your PC went to the manufacturer.



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Posted 13 December 2013 - 19:31

8.1 is free to users of 8.  OSX is available "free" on Macs much like Windows is available for free on new PCs.  If you bought a PC with Windows 8 the upgrade to 8.1 is free, just like if you bought a Mac with Mountain Lion the upgrade to Mavericks is free.



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Posted 13 December 2013 - 19:37

Considering all the complaining going on, Windows 8 is too radical to be a mere service pack, and shouldn't be treated free like one either.

The analyst is thinking like the most vocal of Microsoft's critics - when a Microsoft software product becomes wildly successful, Microsoft loses the right to charge for it.

 

In this case, the product is *Windows itself* - the fact that it's 8.1 makes no difference - this same analyst would have tried to make the same argument about Windows 7.

 

And what is the MOST likely rationale for the argument?  "We're in a recession!"

 

Uh, no.  The recession is over.  Absolutely positively over.  Growth IS far slower than we would all like - however, you can stick a fork in the recession - it's done, even in Europe.

 

Second, how expensive IS a full (not upgrade) license for Windows 8.1 via the least-expensive of purchase options - System Builder?

 

In the United States, it's $129.99 before any sale pricing discounts or other discounts show up - and that is for Windows 8.1 Pro (sans Windows Media Center).  That is WORST case what anyone should be paying for a full version of Windows 8.1 - if it costs more than that, you're getting ripped off.

 

More importantly, System Builder is GLOBAL - it's not unique to North America.  If you have a source for computer motherboards near you, they - or their competition - almost certainly participates in System Builder.

 

Are there any *technical* requirements to buy via System Builder?  No - Microsoft tossed the "new hardware" requirement with Windows 8.0, and thus it never applied to 8.1.

 

Excuses, excuses, excuses.



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Posted 13 December 2013 - 19:41

And?

Microsoft and Apple have two opposite pricing schemes and even primary businesses. Apple sells hardware, while Microsoft sell software. Just because Apple can make software free, doesn't mean Microsoft can. If you upgraded, then .x upgrades will be free to you, however, upgrading from a previous release will still cost you.

 

Not anymore they don't. As you yourself have stated in the past, Microsoft is now a "Devices and Services" company - they're not the traditional "software platforms" Microsoft of the 90s and 10s.

 

You can't have it both ways.



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Posted 13 December 2013 - 19:48

Not anymore they don't. As you yourself have stated in the past, Microsoft is now a "Devices and Services" company - they're not the traditional "software platforms" Microsoft of the 90s and 10s.
 
You can't have it both ways.


MS does not manufacture pc hardware. They do make one piece of tablet hardware, but to compare that with what Apple does hardware wise is a stretch.

Now if MS was the sole producer of pc hardware, then MS could definitely do what Apple does.

Just because they are now a devices and services company, does not mean they will be making all of the 'devices' that run their software.

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 19:55

Using Windows 8.1 on my home workstation/game machine and work laptop. Not even looking back and don't miss Win7 one bit.





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