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Windows 'Threshold': More on plan to win over Windows 7...

  1. #11


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    I don't miss, want or need the Start Menu. I will likely be one of those that disables it. The changes Microsoft made to the Start Screen fixed all my beefs I had with the original in 8.0. I'm now working on my fathers Windows 7 laptop and find the Start Menu cumbersome and frustrating. I wasn't expecting that as I liked and used Windows 7 for many years. It was and still is a great OS. It was weird how I could forget things I used to do every day so quick. It didn't last long but it made me chuckle in side while my father watched me struggle to find things.
    If they make open Metro apps look more like running desktop programs that will work for me. Resizable windows instead of snap. The option to NOT auto hide the taskbar and the menu bar at the top would be nice too. The one thing I'd really like to see killed is the auto grouping of tiles on the Start menu. You should be able to use single columns if you want and leave empty spaces. Like you can with shortcuts on your desktop.

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  2. #12


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    Quote Originally Posted by visruth View Post
    In my opinion, the best one is:
    "Windows Threshold is looking like it could be free to all Windows 8.1 Update, and maybe even Windows 7 Service Pack 1, users."


    Oh boy....that's good news!
    That's the first I've heard about being free to Windows 7 SP1 users. That will likely make some people happy. Those that paid to upgrade to 8.0 or 8.1 might be a bit peeved though.
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  3. #13


    Hafnarfjrur IS
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by visruth View Post
    In my opinion, the best one is:
    "Windows Threshold is looking like it could be free to all Windows 8.1 Update, and maybe even Windows 7 Service Pack 1, users."


    Oh boy....that's good news!
    That's the first I've heard about being free to Windows 7 SP1 users. That will likely make some people happy. Those that paid to upgrade to 8.0 or 8.1 might be a bit peeved though.
    Hi there

    This is often the way to woo new customers -- same with Broadband -- when I come back for a short work stint in the UK I see all sorts of enticing Broadband offers like FREE Broadband for 6 months if you take Sky Sports or BT offering 6 months of broadband to new customers for 7 GBP / 9 EUR / 10 USD a month. The last time I signed up it was costing me nearly 65 GBP a month !!!

    Same with Bank accounts and all sorts of other things -- the trick is to "Sucker you in" and then due to inertia you start paying the full price -- however canny customers now switch several times to keep these "deals" going !!!.

    If you've got a Windows 7 ISO somewhere - when the time comes you might also be able to get a "Free upgrade" -- just keep watching out for offers etc. Even if you paid for your upgrade - there's no reason to NOT get a second copy -- useful for VM testing etc --remember by about October the last of the TechNet subscribtions will have expired so no more easily available ISO's for the majority -- MSDN is for most single / home users far too expensive as an alternative.

    I'm hoping for a cheap W7===>W9 upgrade when W9 appears -- I'll re-install W7 on a machine and then go for the upgrade -- should be cheaper than a direct purchase !!!

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  4. #14


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    My TechNet runs out next week I believe, I've still got my MSDN subscription so its not a big deal for me. I'll get new keys for 8.1 update 2/3 if they go that way anyway. 9 too when it comes out, so I'm covered. Did your TechNet run out yet Jimbo? It will be interesting to see if the keys get deactivated or black listed or what ever. You likely won't know until you reinstall and try reusing a key. That will be a gotcha for some people if they do it.
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  5. #15


    Hafnarfjrur IS
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    Hi there
    Mine runs out Oct 12

    I've got all the keys and ISO's I need though -- I don't think they will run out in October -- People with expired / lapsed subscriptions are still using their products without problems.

    If they do -- well I'm quite happy with Linux these days for most things (I'd miss Ms office though -- might be interesting to see if I can get it to work properly on WINE).

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  6. #16


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    Well, all I'll add is, please don't let them screw this up.
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  7. #17


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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    Mine runs out Oct 12

    I've got all the keys and ISO's I need though -- I don't think they will run out in October -- People with expired / lapsed subscriptions are still using their products without problems.

    If they do -- well I'm quite happy with Linux these days for most things (I'd miss Ms office though -- might be interesting to see if I can get it to work properly on WINE).

    Cheers
    jimbo
    In the past your keys didn't get canceled but this is an actual termination of TechNet as a whole. I'd be surprised if they out right just blacklisted right away. It wouldn't surprise me though if some time down the road after so many activations/uses your key didn't work anymore. I've snagged all the keys I'll ever want on TechNet already. ISO's I can get on MSDN anyway. I've got all the current ones downloaded already anyway. If your good till October you'll likely be able to get the new Windows 8.1 update 2 or 3 keys that are rumored. Anyway its probably time to let this thread go back on track.
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  8. #18


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    Windows 7


    I'm thinking 9 (the ad-supported/basic version) will be free for 7 users, while 8 users get the 9 Pro version free...
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  9. #19


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    In my opinion, the best one is:
    "Windows Threshold is looking like it could be free to all Windows 8.1 Update, and maybe even Windows 7 Service Pack 1, users."


    Oh boy....that's good news!

    LOL.

    It is clear vast numbers of consumers are staying away from 8x, because they do not like the online integration/metro rubbish.

    Governments are also staying away , because they do not like the online integration/metro rubbish.

    What is the problem with 8x, then?

    MS next attempt will include the online/metro stuff but it will be more subtle, and anything they can think of to get consumers off win7. Including free "upgrade" offers, and a variety of attempts to make it difficult for consumers to get/use win7.

    Be fascinating to see how they get on with these manipulation efforts.

    I hear they are (allegedly) going to make metro go away in enterprise version. No such blessed relief on the horizon for consumers, though.
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  10. #20


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    I seriously doubt 9 will be the panacea everyone expects. I suspect it will be heavy into promoting Bing and Microsoft's cloud services and try to rope consumers into a monthly subscription plan. It seems as though productivity is a mute cause with the company's profit only concept.


    All I read about are cosmetic changes, nothing else substantial, the app store will not offer anything new.

    If I have 7 and 8 why would I even need 9?
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