Ah, sorry Jimbo, but I just couldn't resist......it's not, by the way.
Wonder if I can get that desktop onto the I.T managers desktop - just in time for the company wide "Software Audit".
I agree with Jimbo on the pricing, Yeah, it will be a downward slide for MS if they ever go that route.
I will definitely jump ship for Ubuntu to start, simply for the their Phone adventure, which I am already going to keep an eye on.
It is far too intriguing to not keep a watch on and take a serious look at. I am not MS loyal to my own detriment.
Plenty of things I don't like about MS, but I would like to see a nice cross platform system be put in place.
And the fact Ubuntu and possibly other Linux distros if Ubuntu pulls this off, we could see a whole new paradigm in OS's.
MS very well could be in trouble on the consumer side of things. And I say that only IF Ubuntu can pull off a real cross platform system.
Ubuntu, while still not perfectly suited for all people will start looking better and better to promote and teach to all, by those of us in the know.
BTW, just downloaded Ubuntu 12.10 and will load it in a VM to play with, it's been a while.
You are right if you take Ubuntu in it's raw form - especially with this Unity interface. But a derivative like Zorin my well fit the bill. I found Zorin to be quite amusing. Having fun with Zorin - Windows 7 Support ForumsUbuntu, while still not perfectly suited for all people will start looking better and better to promote and teach to all, by those of us in the know.
Is that where Microsoft is going? If so, it will most definitely increase the viability of Linux and other existing systems like Chrome and even Apple. Subscription systems often become very costly, as they are basically a lease agreement with no choice of owning the product. Loans are something different, as at the end of the day, you at least own the product.
So yes, people will consider other systems and I can guarantee that advertising will become intense and take serious account of the differences.
I don't advocate piracy, but what do you mean by this:
Exactly how do you imagine a reduction in piracy would be beneficial to us - other than morally, perhaps.Bill
this subscription scheme would be beneficial to MS, but also to us, as piracy will go down, hopefully.
Yes. They might change their minds if there is enough resistance. They are doing it gradually hoping people will not notice where it is headed - until it is too late. W8 is a big step in that direction.Ray8
Is that where Microsoft is going?
If it went to subscription based I would be on the Linux train. Especially with Steam starting the rollout for Ubuntu (Not a huge fan of Ubuntu but...) To be honest, I like W8, but I like Linux too, the only things keeping me on the MS ride is Home recording with out having to spend weeks getting Pulse to play nice with ALSA and real time kernels and the few games I play.
As far as office goes, I am not a power user and I find LibreOffice does everything I need. I wouldn't even consider paying monthly for MS office. I use it at work, but if I type something up at work then email it to myself and open it at home, I have no problem with compatability at all.
To many free options to pay more than I paid for my car over a few years LOL!
Not only do they change the font, the style, the colors, the icons, the system folder names and the document folder names at every version... they also change the way they name and count the version at every version. LOL!Originally Posted by whs
+ It hijack tyour laptop webcam (which cannot be turned off) with a special eye detection software which pause the add as long as your eyes are not oriented toward the screen to make sure you are realy watching it.Originally Posted by Ray8
i am really confused, i thought Blue was suppose to be an open source Free OS that you can upgrade your Windows 7 to get a taste of Windows 8. What happened to that idea?