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    Microsoft wants you to forget Windows 8


    Computerworld - As talk of the next Windows begins to build and some details of what most are calling for now either Windows 9 or Threshold come into focus, it's worthwhile to take a moment to remember Windows 8.

    Because Microsoft will want everyone to forget it. And we will.
    Unless the Redmond, Wash. technology company radically changes its habits, it will throw Windows 8 down a memory hole even before the successor ships. Just like it made Vista persona non grata in its official messaging in 2009, it will shove Windows 8 so far into the background that we'll need the Hubble telescope to find it.
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    If Microsoft wants me to forget about Windows 8, then maybe they should give me free Windows 9. Especially considering they wanted me to first buy Windows 8, then upgrade to Windows 8.1 with another purchase just to get the PRO version so I could watch movies... (I know I could had used other software before it's said)
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    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Yea, going to pizz a lot of people off if they push 9 too soon and expect them to pay for it to boot. Main reason 8 sales have lagged so bad is them pushing touch and tiles and many people not knowing there are workarounds.

    Does this also mean another cluster f* with drivers when it does come out? Good grief Charlie Brown!
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    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,062
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    What is this give to me free crap. . .Come on people they put in thousands of hours of work, and you think that your so special that they should give it to you free. . .please. . .
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Microsoft is more than personal computing for home users.
    They can afford to offer Windows 9 as a free update from the store or Windows Update.

    Business & government & military worldwide will still provide Microsoft with plenty of revenue.

    Offering Windows 9 to home users for free would be a good public relations move.
    More & better customer support would be a positive move also.
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    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    What is this give to me free crap. . .Come on people they put in thousands of hours of work, and you think that your so special that they should give it to you free. . .please. . .
    I don't much care myself, just know there will be many who jumped on the 8 bandwagon that do get miffed. Seems they are moving on pretty fast when it comes to throwing 8 under the bus is all. I'm sure the end of support date for it will be quite a ways down the road though.

    I'm simply wanting a real desktop/laptop non-touch GUI (user choice) without having to resort to third party work-arounds. And, I still hate tiles. Then again I admit to being a dinosaur. I also admit to preferring Android on my portable touch devices. That is sacrilege I know but may have a lot to do with being the OS I learned from the beginning to use on such devices. That may be MS greatest hurdle to overcome in the long range.

    I bought a cheap Nokia windows phone just to try it out. Didn't like it and now collecting dust.

    If they can convince the younger crowd to move to 9 and 9 portable devices, then they will have won I suppose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Microsoft is more than personal computing for home users.
    They can afford to offer Windows 9 as a free update from the store or Windows Update.

    Business & government & military worldwide will still provide Microsoft with plenty of revenue.

    Offering Windows 9 to home users for free would be a good public relations move.
    More & better customer support would be a positive move also.
    That's exactly the point... Windows 9 being free is only a launchpad for revenue from Store, Cloud and other auxillary services. I concur - corporate revenue - particularly Office, is their real cash-cow.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Keep in mind there is a big difference between free and free to those that bough 8.x. If they exclude Windows 7 and earlier it isn't going to cost them all that much.
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    It quite likely will be. Free upgrade from 8.2.

    Possible free upgrade from 7 - not sure many 7 users will go for it though.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    It quite likely will be. Free upgrade from 8.2.

    Possible free upgrade from 7 - not sure many 7 users will go for it though.
    If its free they might? Those that can go back to 7 without any hassle haven't got much to lose, other than some time. Those with factory OEM installs may be hesitant though if they think its going to be a pain to roll back to 7.
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