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05 Mar 2014   #1
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Microsoft Can't Sell Windows 8, So It's Giving It Away

More doubling-down on New Coke:

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Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT ) is pulling a 180. After lambasting Google (NASDAQ: GOOG ) for collecting data on its users to sell ads, Microsoft is prepared to do the exact same thing. With weak sales of Windows 8, Microsoft is preparing to offer a free upgrade to Windows 8.1 for Windows 7 users. "Windows 8.1 with Bing," as the name implies, will feed users into Bing search and other Bing services as well as Microsoft's cloud-based services.
Free OS upgrades are something new to Microsoft, but not to the industry. Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ) offered free upgrades to its newest Mac OS X last year, and Google offers free upgrades for Chromebooks and Android devices that support the update. The move is questionable for Microsoft, however, which has typically received $50 per device from OEMs to license Windows.
Nobody is upgrading?
Windows 8 is a strong departure from its predecessors, focusing more on touch devices than traditional mouse and keyboard inputs. So far, the new user interface has been a flop. Only 10.7% of PC users have Windows 8 or 8.1 installed, according to Net Applications. More telling is that fewer than half of Windows 8 users have installed the 8.1 update.
Comparatively, Windows 7 commands a 47.3% share of the market, and 12-year-old Windows XP still has 29.5% of the market. Even though Microsoft has scheduled April 8 as the final day of support for XP, about one-third of Windows users are still on the operating system. The anticipated rush to upgrade has yet to materialize, and it might never happen.
Source: Microsoft Can't Sell Windows 8, So It's Giving It Away


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05 Mar 2014   #2

32bit: XP, Win7 H.P. / 64bit: 2008R2, Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Several flavors of Linux
 
 

MS would have to pay me to use Metro (any version).

Been there, tried that (for a year), didn't like it...

Regards,
GEWB
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05 Mar 2014   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

LOL.

Maybe MS are thinking people will try it and then find they are stuck with it.

A few will come to forums to get rid of it. But many will not know to do that, or be worried about trying something complicated, so they just remain lumbered with it.

Good plan MS.
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05 Mar 2014   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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@Greg,
Have you posted that on EF?

Some of the responses there will be very funny.
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05 Mar 2014   #5

W7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

Will wait for a look at Windows 9.
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05 Mar 2014   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit
 
 

I may give it a try and if I don't like it and I can't go back to Windows 7, then I will use my recovery disks I ordered from Lenovo and go back to Windows 7 since that is what my laptop was always meant for
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05 Mar 2014   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GEWB View Post
MS would have to pay me to use Metro (any version).

Been there, tried that (for a year), didn't like it...

Regards,
GEWB
That will be the next step. They will dish out cash if you use it.
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05 Mar 2014   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I am sure even those 10.7% of users are exaggerated because there are probably many like me that got a cheap license in the beginning but are not really using it other than poking at it at times.
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05 Mar 2014   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I am sure even those 10.7% of users are exaggerated because there are probably many like me that got a cheap license in the beginning but are not really using it other than poking at it at times.
Me too.
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05 Mar 2014   #10

Win 7 Ultimate x64 desktop, Win 8.1.1 x64 laptop, Win 7 Home x64 netbook, Win 8.1.1 x64 tablet
 
 

It's too bad that users can't seem to see past Metro in Win 8/8.1. In Win 8 it's only necessary to see Metro for a brief second until the desktop icon is clicked. In 8.1 the user can configure the system to completely bypass Metro and boot direct to desktop. Why is Metro such a big deal? If you don't like it, don't use it.

I use Win 8.1 on my laptop and don't even remember the last time I used Metro there.
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