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    Windows Blue shows why Microsoft may turn Windows into a subscription service

    Windows Blue is likely to be available for free, but elements of it show that eventuall, Microsoft may turn Windows into an annual subscription service in the same way it's doing with Office.
    By all indications, Windows Blue will contain far more significant features than a typical Windows service pack. It may bring back the Start button, include a boot-to-Desktop option, and will include features that make it simpler to use for those without touchscreens. Windows Division Chief Financial office, Tami Reller, said in a blog:
    Windows Blue shows why Microsoft may turn Windows into a subscription service | Computerworld Blogs

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    That would be sad !

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    New Zealand
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    Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1

    Not this little black duck
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    W8.1up1 Pro x64 w/media center

    an OS! on "subscription??? lol

    You think they really would step on their tail a second time??? with the last featureless mistake you could at least find some 3rd party programs, with this crazy idea I'm pretty sure it would be done.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    Hi there
    if it LOOKS like a Duck, walks like a Duck and quacks like a duck then ......

    An OS as a subscription service --- even for Ms that's CURRENTLY a step too far. Maybe they want to do it - but it's not going to work yet (if ever).

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    Viewing through Windows 7, me like-a-discuss 8 though

    I hope they do because then it make-a all gamer/dev go to Linux and that make-a one of most important big-a-step to make-a the pc world "free" (no mean money) once again for everyone as a mainstream.
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    Time to brush up on the Linux skills. I've been watching this change coming with $aa$ and other cloud stuff.

    It hurts sales when you buy something off a shelf and are satisfied with it for 10 years. Gotta fix that!
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit

    If they think they're having a hard time getting people to ditch XP, wait and see how long some people stick with Windows 7 or 8 if they go that route.
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    Well, they charge a yearly subscription for XboxLive and it doesn't seem like the entire world went with the PS3 for free services. If the price is right, I'm doubting a lot of people wouldn't just stay with Windows.

    Windows, when legally licensed on all computers, can get quite expensive. A reasonable subscription model allowing handfuls of machines might well be worth the cost of admission. Not to mention, the added benefit of keeping up with the newest versions without having to pay a big cost up front. Only time will tell.
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    South Coast NSW, Australia
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    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).

    Linux, here we come!

    Or I'll just stay with XP/7/8.

    I won't countenance subscription-based programs, why would I even consider a sub-based OS?

    Simple: I wouldn't.

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