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#1 gameboy1977

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 16:14

 

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Windows 9 might come as a free download, but only to certain users

 

 

Microsoft will release a second major Windows 8.1 update this year – Windows 8.1 Update 2 – which will be available free of charge to Windows 8.1 Update 1 users, hacker group WZOR has revealed. The group also says that Microsoft will sell Windows 8.1 Update 2 for an affordable price to Windows users who are running earlier Windows versions on their machines and want to upgrade to the latest OS version.

WZOR also revealed that Windows 9 might be released as a free update for Windows users who have Windows 8.1 Update 2 installed, or at a substantial discount. Apparently a decision on the matter has not been made yet. Previous reports from the same source have also indicated that Microsoft’s upcoming major Windows release may be available as a free download.

Finally, WZOR has apparently revealed that Windows 9 Enterprise may have the ability to disable Metro 2.0. The company is expected to have a “significant” internal event from June 23rd through June 27th, at which point Windows 8.1 Update 2 might receive an RTM Escrow status.

The hacker group said that Microsoft has tightened its Windows security, making leaks nearly impossible – apparently, employees that want to use the latest builds will get personal Windows copies that will make it easy for the company to track down leakers.

The new security polices around unreleased versions of Windows are apparently targeting Microsoft’s China offices in particular, with the country being a major source of Windows-related leaks in the past.

On a different note, China is apparently a big reason Microsoft is worried when it comes to the Windows 9 launch, following the country’s recent ban on Windows 8 for government computers.

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#2 Bigkaye

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 16:29

Meh. When windows 7 goes the route of XP I may care. 



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 16:36

Meh. When windows 7 goes the route of XP I may care. 

what? windows 7 has already gone windows 8 ?? so your comment doesn't make sense



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 16:44

what? windows 7 has already gone windows 8 ?? so your comment doesn't make sense

 

He means when Windows 7 has been retired like Windows XP has already been. Makes perfect sense to me.



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 16:46

Very good news when it comes to personal copies given to employees to test out the new builds, it is about time they do this. Now who is going to lose his job this year or the next? rofl



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 17:21

Great post, just don't forget to press enter (Remove formatting)

 

Otherwise it screams copy / paste job.



#7 ShadowMajestic

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 17:35

He means when Windows 7 has been retired like Windows XP has already been. Makes perfect sense to me.

 

Yeah and again cripple the internet. Nono, waiting till the last moment surely showed to be the best tactic.

 

2 minutes and your Windows 8 looks identical to Windows 7.



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 17:40

Rumors are Windows 9 is completely up in the air as China will not use a cloud based, or heavily cloud integrated Windows.

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 17:46

Rumors are Windows 9 is completely up in the air as China will not use a cloud based, or heavily cloud integrated Windows.

 

That doesn't mean the rest of us can't enjoy the benefits of a cloud-based Windows. :)



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 17:52

Rumors are Windows 9 is completely up in the air as China will not use a cloud based, or heavily cloud integrated Windows.

 

Which is silly when you can still make a local account. The cloud is optional.



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 18:00

That doesn't mean the rest of us can't enjoy the benefits of a cloud-based Windows. :)


Agreed, though I'm personally not interested (Currently I can't even imagine the benefits of a Cloud-based OS myself). Some are saying the Enterprise edition will not be Cloud-based and allow complete disabling of Modern UI 2.0. Creating these editions will generate a lot of work.

I can definitely understand why many organizations and governments would balk at using a cloud based OS controlled by a private company, Microsoft or anyone else.

Which is silly when you can still make a local account. The cloud is optional.


I don't know if Government entities who would object care much about it being optional. OSaaS probably won't fly with a lot of autonomous entities.

I'm sure there will be multiple SKUs for those who couldn't care less, and those for whom a cloud-based OS is not an acceptable option.

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 18:00

Rumors are Windows 9 is completely up in the air as China will not use a cloud based, or heavily cloud integrated Windows.

Who cares about China.



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 18:01

Who cares about China.


Microsoft and the rest of the sane world.

At this point it's rumor, but do you seriously think if China bans the use of Windows 8.x/9 for whatever reason, that MS can ignore that? Seriously?

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 18:05

Microsoft and the rest of the sane world.

At this point it's rumor, but do you seriously think if China bans the use of Windows 8.x/9 for whatever reason, that MS can ignore that? Seriously?

If China wants to be little kids, let them. Move on. They're doing nothing but creating drama.



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 18:09

If China wants to be little kids, let them. Move on. They're doing nothing but creating drama.

i don't agree with you too often Dot but this I have to agree with. china is just being childish with this whole debacle