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Windows versions: What does this mean?

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    Windows versions: What does this mean?


    Hi, I wanted find the differences between win8 versions so did a search with "windows 8 versions" and got this...

    Which Windows is right for you? - Microsoft Windows


    I found the following -- please note the two asterisks for "Windows 8 **" and then the applicable footnote.
    Are there version changes afoot after February 1st?
    Should I rush out and buy a win8 laptop now?
    Will there be more or fewer version and/or options?
    Is this about crippled versions after Feb-1st with various degrees of crippling?

    Anyone in the know on this as February 1st rushes towards us?

    From the MS site.
    ***********************************************************
    Windows 8 ** comes preinstalled on a variety of new tablets, convertibles, Ultrabooks, laptops, and all-in-one PCs. Windows 8 works with both existing desktop software and apps that you download from the Windows Store. ***********************************************************

    Footnotes further down the page...
    ***********************************************************
    ** Until February 1 2013, this edition is only available preinstalled on select tablets and PCs.
    ***********************************************************

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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I am not sure what it means, but I don't think it means that it's going away or will change. I think it just means that they may offer it through other channels, not just pre-installed on a PC or tablet.
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    Thanks for the thought, but I suspect it is more than that. Currently there is no official mention of Starter and/or Home Premium. I suspect they will be offering some alternative versions and dropping the win8 "Core," but time will tell I guess. It does not seem like Microsoft of old to be offering just three versions of an OS (not including RT of course). I just hoped for an informed heads up on whether to buy now or wait. Microsoft has a habit of prices going up and features going down. Gotta keep the investors rich and happy.
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    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    The wording is very clear. It does not suggest additional editions. It only suggests that the version offered is only available pre-installed until that time. The only thing you can infer from that is that it will available via other channels after February 1st.

    There is no "Home Premium" because WMC is now an add-on.
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    "The wording is very clear"
    You may have a lot of posts here, but you obviously know little about legal-wording. That footnote is loaded with ambiguity.

    I have no idea what "WMC" is.

    Let's wait and see after Feb 1st.
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    Redmond
    Posts : 651
    Windows 8.1 x64


    There will be 2, and only 2, versions of Windows 8 - "Windows 8" and "Windows 8 Professional". Windows 8 is akin to Windows 7 Home Premium (minus Windows Media Center, aka WMC - which is now an optional component that can be purchased and enabled), and it won't be available to purchase from retailers until February 1st, 2013. After that, stores will be allowed to sell both Windows 8 Professional *and* Windows 8.
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    Posts : 325
    Win 7 / Win 8


    Quote Originally Posted by cluberti View Post
    There will be 2, and only 2, versions of Windows 8 - "Windows 8" and "Windows 8 Professional". Windows 8 is akin to Windows 7 Home Premium (minus Windows Media Center, aka WMC - which is now an optional component that can be purchased and enabled), and it won't be available to purchase from retailers until February 1st, 2013. After that, stores will be allowed to sell both Windows 8 Professional *and* Windows 8.
    Does Amazon.com count as a retailer? I can buy Windows 8 (Amazon.com: Windows 8 System Builder DVD 32-Bit: Software) or Windows 8 Pro (Amazon.com: Windows 8 Professional System Builder DVD 32-Bit: Software) from them today.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by CarvedDuck View Post
    "The wording is very clear"
    You may have a lot of posts here, but you obviously know little about legal-wording. That footnote is loaded with ambiguity.

    I have no idea what "WMC" is.
    If they had meant to say what you're implying, it would say this:

    "This edition is only available until February 1st, on selected hardware" Instead, the comma is on the first part "Until February 1st, this edition is only available on selected hardware". The comma is important to the understanding of the wording, and specifies two separate thoughts in a joined sentence. Any Lawyer (or English teacher) would read it that way.

    WMC is Windows Media Center. It's the only difference between Windows 8 and Windows 7 Home Premium edition wise..
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by mbratch View Post
    Does Amazon.com count as a retailer? I can buy Windows 8 (Amazon.com: Windows 8 System Builder DVD 32-Bit: Software) or Windows 8 Pro (Amazon.com: Windows 8 Professional System Builder DVD 32-Bit: Software) from them today.
    Microsoft considers System Builder to be a special case, and is not considered "retail" (even though you can buy it from retailers like amazon.. you won't find it in stores like Best Buy. Currently, you can only buy retail copies of Windows 8 Professional (non-system builder) as an upgrade, either from an earlier OS or as an upgrade from Windows 8.
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    Redmond
    Posts : 651
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Correct - System Builder is technically OEM, and thus (even though you purchase it from retailers) not "retail".
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