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Windows 7: Windows 8 RTM on TechNet Aug 15th

01 Aug 2012   #21
Dave76

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Two more weeks


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01 Aug 2012   #22
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Noticed tonight that MS changed the licensing agreements for Technet in July of 2012.


New licensing agreement this past month;
TechNet Subscriptions and Licensing

• MS removed the home based software (Home Premium, Ultimate, Starter) editions. Tried to reinforce the usage of IT users only for business evaluation and support.
• They have also defined the usage scenarios which qualify for use of this software.

And in the new subscription agreement;
TechNet Subscriptions Software License Terms

• They acknowledge that if you let your subscription expire they might deactivate your keys which will eliminate your ability to activate products.

They are finally cracking down on this nonsensical offering of all of their software for $199. I never understood why Technet offered so much and was so cheap.
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01 Aug 2012   #23
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

I think this is a lead up to a new pricing scheme, monthly/yearly subscriptions for everything.

Will be interesting to see this play out.
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01 Aug 2012   #24
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
I think this is a lead up to a new pricing scheme, monthly/yearly subscriptions for everything.

Will be interesting to see this play out.
That's what they are doing with Office 2013. You can buy a standalone copy for your PC or get a subscription to use it. MS has not set a price but $5 - $10 a Month to run Office 2013 on 5 PC's may be a no brainer. Now for Windows, would you pay $5 to $10 a Month to rent Windows for 5 PC's and would always have free upgrades to the newest version.

Jim
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01 Aug 2012   #25
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

^ wouldn't want to pay the monthly fee for Windows as I'm not really always interested in being on the latest version. I skipped Vista and I have plans to skip 8 as well.
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01 Aug 2012   #26
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
^ wouldn't want to pay the monthly fee for Windows as I'm not really always interested in being on the latest version. I skipped Vista and I have plans to skip 8 as well.
It depends on how it is set up. Say you subscribe and Windows 7 would be offered until support is killed in 2020 or you want Windows 8 or Windows 9 is offered in 2015 or Windows 10 in 2018. You could stick with Windows 7 and then upgrade to Windows 10 and skip the rest. All for one small Monthly fee. I am sure something like that would be offered but you could still opt to just buy it as we do now. Automobile leasing is a big thing right now but you can still buy them. Years ago only business would lease but a lot of consumers are doing it now.

Jim
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02 Aug 2012   #27
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
I loathe the whole idea of "Monthly anything" whether it's Software - credit cards mortgages or anything else. I've NEVER EVER encountered a Monthly subscription that beats an outright purchase - and once you hand over an "automatic Bank Payment scheme" to some organisation - then you are no longer in control of your own money -- subscriptions may rise - but with a monthly bank direct debit your account can be automatically debited with the new amount without you even knowing about it.

(Some people need unfortunately to have monthly payment options -- but if you can negociate a YEARLY deal you can often get substantial discounts).

I've seen people in the UK sign up to so called "Cheaper Energy options" -- they pay say 60 GBP for 11 months and then on the 12th a HUGE bill of say 2,000 GBP comes in -- and the first the poor "victim" knows about this is that his card stops working at the ATM when he tries to withdraw cash.

NEVER EVER use Direct debits - even if you sign up to these "subscriptions". Standing Orders protect you against this type of B/s --the Bank is only authorized to debit the amount on the Standing Order --if the subscription rises then the Bank have to contact YOU before they can change the terms of the SO -- you can then decide to keep or cancel.

Cheers
jimbo
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02 Aug 2012   #28
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi there

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NEVER EVER use Direct debits - even if you sign up to these "subscriptions". Standing Orders protect you against this type of B/s --the Bank is only authorized to debit the amount on the Standing Order --if the subscription rises then the Bank have to contact YOU before they can change the terms of the SO -- you can then decide to keep or cancel.

Cheers
jimbo
My bank (BofA) has a feature for their visa card that is a one time use credit card number where you specify the maximum amount and when it expires. I believe it is called ShopSafe. I use it whenever I buy a product on-line where they talk about renewals or even if I suspect they would be doing that.
You gotta watch PayPal as they have some of those recurring charge options also.

As Always, let the buyer beware...

Rich
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02 Aug 2012   #29
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

the reason the energy companies let you rack up a large bill is to keep you as a customer, its supposed to be easy to change providers to a cheaper provider, but ... if you have a large bill you have to clear it before you can switch, thus keeping you tied to their company,
drug dealers do that also,
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02 Aug 2012   #30
z3r010

 

I've edited the post title to reflect the correct info.
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