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Microsoft Cuts Windows 8 Price to $49 (€36.5) in China

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    Microsoft Cuts Windows 8 Price to $49 (€36.5) in China


    Microsoft is getting ready to launch a new massive discount for those who want to make the move to the newly-launched Windows 8, cutting down the price of the operating system to no less than $49 (€36.5) in China.

    According to a report by Chinese website WPDang and cited by Neowin, the discount campaign will kick off on November 11 and will run through November 24. Of course, Chinese users who buy the operating system at the discounted price can now switch to Windows 8.1 using the Windows Store update.

    Microsoft is attempting to kill two birds with one stone with this new campaign.

    First, the company is attempting to bring more users to its modern operating system, as Chinese uptake has so far been relatively slow, with only a few users rushing to see what’s new in the touch-ready Windows 8. Many are still running Windows XP and, with end-of-support coming soon, Redmond is hoping that more users will take advantage of this offer.
    Microsoft Cuts Windows 8 Price to $49 (?36.5) in China

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    Interesting way of upping the market share figures. Lots of scare stories about the alleged horrors awaiting XP users, coupled with big price slashing of the "Nu" os.

    Chinese uptake has so far been relatively slow, with only a few users rushing to see what’s new in the touch-ready Windows 8.
    Perhaps they don't like it very much? Just a guess.

    many of the features requested by people, including a Start button
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    wish MS would do it here for $39 again. I've got a couple vista notebooks I'd like to upgrade, cheap.
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    Hardly a shock that the only way they can sell w8 is with oem machines. I don't know anyone who would pay anywhere near $200 for this os.
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    Hi there
    this is often a way manufacturers use to "sucker" people in to an "eco system" and then get them to pay for ancilliary services.

    ( OT for a bit here-- what's happening to the English Language here -- words like "Monetisation", "Eco-system" "people Let Go" when you simply mean FIRED etc etc - there's NOTHING "eco" about computers neither in their production (heavy metals etc) or their use - energy use, over use of computers means people do less exercise / other things and get less healthy - causing the Health care systems to go into overdrive - more energy consumption again !!!. - Note I'm not against computers though - but their use should be done properly - not as a substitute for every other human activity).

    Amazon with kindle for example takes this approach -- virtually GIVE AWAY the e-readers and then make the money on getting people to buy the e-books --- not against this in principle - I read a LOT more now with an e-reader than I did before - but people need to be careful as you might find you SPEND a lot more in the long run with a cheap OS but paid for or subscription typed Apps than a more expensive fully complete OS.

    In any case if you can flog a BILLION copies of Windows you'd still make an absolute FORTUNE - even by Ms's standards if you sold it as cheap as 10 USD a copynever mind 30 USD or so. !!! You'd probably also put the pirates out of business forever. (At 10 USD a copy for Windows I might try and learn some Chinese/ Cantonese myself !!!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    - but people need to be careful as you might find you SPEND a lot more in the long run with a cheap OS but paid for or subscription typed Apps than a more expensive fully complete OS.
    You are so right there Jimbo! Unfortunately most people only look at the price of the individual transaction instead of the total cost of ownership.
    Another great example is the montly payments of the insurances. I pay them on a yearly basis instead of a monthly basis. I get a 4% discount while doing that (or more to the point, I don't get a 4% higher price by paying monthly) and since the savingsaccounts here do only 1,25% (and your savingsaccount gets taxed each year for netto 1,2% by the government, so that just leaves 0,05%) the total cost of ownership descreases .
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    Even worse are mobile phones. Anyone who gets one on contract must be mad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Even worse are mobile phones. Anyone who gets one on contract must be mad.
    Hi there
    Maybe in France - but I travel a lot - especially in the EU and EEA countries and using a pre-paid would cost me a lot more than taking out a Monthly contract - especially in Isl. the 4G contracts give UNLIMITED mobile data usage too -- the advantage of that particular offering saves me LOADS OF EUROS by not having to buy expensive hotel Wi-Fi -- the more expensive hotels seem to charge for Wi-Fi in Europe while the more modest or "Doss-House" type throw in Wi-Fi for free --strange but true. !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Der Snoober View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    - but people need to be careful as you might find you SPEND a lot more in the long run with a cheap OS but paid for or subscription typed Apps than a more expensive fully complete OS.
    You are so right there Jimbo! Unfortunately most people only look at the price of the individual transaction instead of the total cost of ownership.
    Another great example is the montly payments of the insurances. I pay them on a yearly basis instead of a monthly basis. I get a 4% discount while doing that (or more to the point, I don't get a 4% higher price by paying monthly) and since the savingsaccounts here do only 1,25% (and your savingsaccount gets taxed each year for netto 1,2% by the government, so that just leaves 0,05%) the total cost of ownership descreases .

    Hi there
    Works in principle - BUT there is ONE slight flaw in your logic.

    Imagine the cost is 360 EUR a year or if you pay monthly say 31 EUR a month (372) so a small saving - agreed there.

    Now instead of paying out the full lump sum of 360 EUR - could you find some other use for that money that would GAIN you MORE than 12 EUR in the year.

    I'd suggest there might well be if you look at ways of investing -- forget Banks -- and I'm not turning this into a "Get Rich Quick" scam or things like that.

    (I do some OPTION trading on the US markets - that's usually a decent source of income - but you must SELL the options not BUY them -- 95% of SELL option contracts expire worthless - which strangely means that YOU as the SELLER are making a small but regular amount of money. BUYING options on the other hand LOSES around 95% of the time but the gains can be absolutely STAGGERING which is why large hedge funds etc use these tactics -- however this isn't a market traders Forum so I won't say any more on these. All I'm saying is that it's worth looking to see if you can make MORE than the discount you get from the insurance premiums when you pay yearly).

    Certainly there are advantages to Pay it once and forget it -- also you avoid any price rise during the year too - but this approach isn't always the one that saves the most money. It's worth looking at what is possible and then decide if you want to do this.

    Note if these insurance companies get LOADS of people paying lump sums in advance they can EASILY make far more than the small discounted premiums you get too -- less admin, they get a HUGE cash inflow etc etc.

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    OK, a bit overstated perhaps. I do have a contract but it is much cheaper per month as I bought my phone separately.
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