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When will Microsoft pull plug on your Windows or Office?

  1. #11


    Newport, South Wales, UK
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu


    I have a copy of office 2013 on the win8 test system, seems fine, matches the OS look, I must start giving eight and office 2013 a real test soon

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  2. #12


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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Heh. Yeah, I was very skeptical at fist. I even wrote a blog post about it, saying I'm not comfortable with the idea of subscribing to a piece of software that is overkill for my needs. I guess I'm looking at it differently now.
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  3. #13


    Newport, South Wales, UK
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu


    Mine is the traditional download, not tried 365, yet, but was part of the official beta for office 2010 Install on demand, that worked well so will have to look at the 365 option, I'll have to support it sometime, and it seems the way of the future
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  4. #14


    It would be serious indeed if Microsoft 'pulled the plug' and all copies of XP suddenly stopped working!
    It's like OMG they invented DVD what am I going to do with all my VHS tapes I can't watch them anymore!!!???
    In fact, after the very last update is issued, you could make a slipstreamed install disc for XP that you could say was Final.
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  5. #15


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi everyone
    Don't worry about this --your Windows or Office will still keep working "ad infinitum". You won't get hardware updates / security updates etc but if all you need is to run dedicated / legacy apps even THIS version still works fine. See screenshot below.

    (On modern hardware you need to run it on a VM though -- no big deal).

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  6. #16


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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Let's see ... clock, check. File manager, check. Simple word processor, check. Time-wasting game, check.

    Heck, what more do you need? Makes me wonder why I just put 16 GB of RAM in my rig.
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  7. #17


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by msdos622wasfun View Post
    Let's see ... clock, check. File manager, check. Simple word processor, check. Time-wasting game, check.

    Heck, what more do you need? Makes me wonder why I just put 16 GB of RAM in my rig.
    Hi there
    Well PLEASE end our suspense -- Why did you.

    Actually you only really need larger RAM sizes in two scenarios ( Note - here I'm basically talking about Home type computers not commercial or workplace servers).

    1) Large online databases -- if you are using your machine as a Web server you need a lot of RAM to avoid stacking up the queries and overloading the disks.

    2) You run a lot of Virtual Machines -- VM's just tend to EAT RAM for Breakfast.

    Very few (if any) applications that a normal home user would need are RAM intensive - even Games.

    If you have 8GB RAM -- seems pretty standard on most laptops now then that would probably suffice even if you try and run a LOT of applications concurrently.

    A lot of people upgrade RAM thinking this will improve performance. In general improving the I/O is probably the BEST thing you can do to increase performance -- particularly using things like SSD's. You are unlikely even with a modest i3 processor to be short of CPU power. A lot of people go for a mega i7 processor which is usually grossly overkill -- even with games a lot of the processing is done now by specialized GPU's rather than the actual CPU.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  8. #18


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    Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu


    Jimbo, I would add any semi serious media work to your list, editing in Photoshop, or assembling video clips, are better with a bit of extra ram. and it's certainly useful generating 1:1 previews of a couple of hundred RAW images in Lightroom
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  9. #19


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
    Jimbo, I would add any semi serious media work to your list, editing in Photoshop, or assembling video clips, are better with a bit of extra ram. and it's certainly useful generating 1:1 previews of a couple of hundred RAW images in Lightroom
    Hi there
    True enough - however a typical home user isn't really doing too much high quality Photoshop work using a PRO DSLR, RAW files and loads of layers.

    Having Photoshop scratch files allocated to SSD also works pretty well -- now 250 GB SSD's are available CHEAPER than the older 120 GB ones I'm gradually replacing all my spinners on my main home machine with SSD's -- and just keeping a few external USB3 drives for archive etc and keeping a single 4TB spinner for music / multi-media library. For on the road storage with a laptop a micro 32 GB sdHC card in the laptop together with a portable 2TB USB3 drive is more than sufficient for what I want and the 250GB Samsung SSD really makes the laptop FLY.

    A 60 GB partition on the SSD is fine for the OS giving me around 190 GB for other stuff. Plenty for the laptop, On the Desktop the 4TB spinner plus 3 X 250 GB SSD's will see me through the next few years - together with sufficient external drives for my backups / archives etc.

    O.T - but I can't see myself buying a new Desktop computer EVER again -- and a new laptop is also for me probably a few years away and this is nothing to do with W8 or whatever -- so I tend to read those reports that say the drop in PC sales is due to W8 -- that's just blatently rubbish as I'm sure there are loads like me whose basic computing needs are more than satisfied with their present gear.


    Now new cheap 500GB and 1 TB SSD's WOULD interest me though. !!

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  10. #20


    Newport, South Wales, UK
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu


    The whole photography and video editing at home thing is seeing a bit of a surge, probably due to the current trend to always having a camera with you, (a Phone), leading to people wanting more quality and buying a real camera. Even entry level digital "Bridge type" and CSC cameras, a popular upgrade route from a Phone, now have large pixel counts, and offer RAW shooting, (except Fujifilm for some reason), so editing in elements rather than PS itself. probably, can produce some huge files.

    As to the desktop market, It seems to be at saturation level, and normal users are retaining their systems for a lot longer, Moore's Law is not as applicable these days, and money is tight everywhere. it's always been the regular user that drives the "upgrade by buying new market".

    The way the majority of regular members here, as enthusiasts or even professionals in the business, look at an upgrade is completely different. We are much more likely to buy or build a system, run it for a year or so, then upgrade by replacing components, Operating systems, as we go, Often an enthusiasts system will be akin to the treasured broom, "same one I've used for ten years, only had two new handles and three new heads". This is of course an extreme minority of computer users, in the wider market.

    The Business market is governed by the same parameters as the "normal" user market, with the additional factor of the support cost of any upgrade of either hardware or software, so are less likely to be looking at upgrading in the current economic climate.
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