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Windows 9 Should Be Completely Free, Analyst Believes

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    Windows 9 Should Be Completely Free, Analyst Believes


    Windows 9 is expected to launch in April 2015, according to some people close to the matter, but aside from a few features that could be included in the operating system, no other details have been provided until now.

    Pricing clearly remains one of the biggest dilemmas, not only for users, but also for the Redmond-based tech giant Microsoft, as the company needs to find the perfect mix that would lead to record sales of its operating system and skyrocketing adoption for the very first days of availability.

    Just like ZDNet writes in a debate over the fair price for Windows 9, a freeware license could be the winning choice for Microsoft, especially after the disappointing performance of Windows 8.

    Stifel Nicolaus analyst Brad Reback also suggested that offering Windows for free might be Microsoft’s only option to keep up with competition, including Google and Apple.

    Offering Windows 9 free of charge to manufacturers would basically lead to many more devices running the platform on the market, while also cutting down their prices, and thus boost the overall adoption in both the PC and the tablet sectors.
    Windows 9 Should Be Completely Free, Analyst Believes

    LOL

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    Jim
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    Here is another one.

    Windows 9, price and Microsoft's Innovator's Dilemma

    ——The details around Windows 9---code named "Threshold"---are beginning to emerge, but the real action will go well beyond features and whether Microsoft can put Windows 8 in the rear view mirror. Microsoft's real challenge with Windows will be navigating a classic innovator's dilemma and how it can thread a needle between preserving a cash cow and ultimately give Windows away to hardware makers.


    LOL
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    "Offering Windows 9 free of charge to manufacturers would basically lead to many more devices running the platform on the market, while also cutting down their prices,"

    LOL.Dream on!
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    Free...???

    They should freakin' pay us for all the aggravation 8 has caused us....
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    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    "Offering Windows 9 free of charge to manufacturers would basically lead to many more devices running the platform on the market, while also cutting down their prices,"

    LOL.Dream on!
    . . .and hopefully you do not really believe that. . .
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    I imagine lots of commentators, and in fact everyone except Microsoft (and possibly their competitors) will advocate Windows 9 being free.

    This doesn't mean they're going to do it...
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    LOL is right!

    The only two platforms they should REALLY considering removing license fees from are Windows RT and Windows Phone for obvious reasons. If they free up some code and hardware restrictions on Windows RT, it could become the basic version of Windows people will use and blow up the ARM marketplace. Then they can turn around and charge a license fee for something like Windows Pro on x86 based PCs to use Win32 programs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    "Offering Windows 9 free of charge to manufacturers would basically lead to many more devices running the platform on the market, while also cutting down their prices,"

    LOL.Dream on!
    . . .and hopefully you do not really believe that. . .
    Not a word of it, Lee. Seen it too many times in my life. Nothing goes down in price. The computer sellers will be the only beneficiaries., - they will make a larger overall profit.
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    Windows 9 release date slated for April 2015

    Read more: Windows 9 release date slated for April 2015 | IT PRO
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