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Windows 7: Microsoft experimenting with free version of Windows 8.1

05 Mar 2014   #11
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
I've seen a lot of expensive corporate Software that costs 1,000 USD a license or more and seen software also that could IMO do the same job for 50 USD !!!! But corporates pay for the knowledge that large well known organisations have the resources etc to fix stuff if it goes wrong (or at least they THINK they do !!!). Two people say selling a 50 USD package won't have the same resources etc to support a multitude of clients if stuff goes wrong or if OS'es are upgraded.

Apple doesn't have a huge presence in the corporate market unlike Ms or non Windows companies like Red Hat. That's why Apple needs to come out with something new and exciting really quickly whereas Ms can just potter along nicely and take its time fixing Windows and the Windows phone.

One of Apple's income streams the iPOD is essentially as dead as the dodo now -- even a cheap phone has a more than capable built in music player and with external micro 64GB sd cards available - that's more than enough music to take with you even on a LONG vacation.

(Schools don't generate a huge DIRECT income for corporates -- a lot of Software is actually given FREE or at very low cost to students -- I got my first W2K3 server license on a course - cost 0 USD. !!!
Of course they get free publicity and also they hope that these eventual students will end up purchasing software for their IT depts. or even individually after they've graduated.

Rather like the Jesuit order in the Catholic Church -- grab them YOUNG and then you've got them for life !!!!).

Cheers
jimbo


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06 Mar 2014   #12
JerometheGiraff

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Grab them Young and you've got them for Life. I wouldn't say that holds true so much today as it did yesterday, metaphorically speaking.
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