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Windows 7: Microsoft's obsession with piracy threatens Windows 10 licensing mess

23 Mar 2015   #1
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 
Microsoft's obsession with piracy threatens Windows 10 licensing mess

Microsoft's obsession with piracy threatens to create a Windows 10 licensing mess

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Microsoft wants everyone to run Windows 10.

They're so determined to make a clean break with the past, in fact, that they've made an unprecedented offer of free Windows 10 upgrades for anyone running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. That's a huge user base, representing hundreds of millions and perhaps more than 1 billion PCs worldwide.

This is a very big deal. For the first time ever, a major Windows version upgrade will arrive via Windows Update, with no payment required and no hoops to jump through.

They doubled down on that deal last week with news that the upgrade would be available even on PCs running "non-genuine" (pirated) copies of Windows.

Now, though, the company appears to be backing down from that initial, apparently too-good-to-be-true offer.

It's yet another round of disappointment in the continuing saga of Microsoft licensing. Every time it looks like the company is about to do something to make Windows licensing more sensible and less onerous, someone (usually in the legal department) gets cold feet.
Microsoft's obsession with piracy threatens to create a Windows 10 licensing mess | ZDNet


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24 Mar 2015   #2
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Right because those that stole it should be given the same reward for those that paid for it. Someone smack that author with an idiot stick.
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24 Mar 2015   #3
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Right because those that stole it should be given the same reward for those that paid for it. Someone smack that author with an idiot stick.
Tell that to Microsoft, because that is what they are doing.

How is he an idiot? Did you even read the article?

I think this sums it up perfectly at the end:

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If Microsoft is serious about moving to a business model where Windows versions don't matter and the bulk of its revenue comes from services like Skype and Office 365 and Azure, why this last desperate bit of clinging to an outmoded business model?
If windows is a service now, which is what they are making it, why are they sticking to this old model? What does it matter if people did not pay for it before if the new version is free?
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24 Mar 2015   #4
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Yea I just believe it's a bad message to be sending out.
Rewarding pirateware is well disenfranchising legitimate players but what ever Microsoft does the os will be what it is good or bad/ accepted or rejected,
Users usually dictate those results.
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24 Mar 2015   #5
aakshat

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well i dont know much about this. But what if theres a catch in this. What if you can upgrade even from a pirated version but would not able to use it(to its fullest) without a genuine licence. 😕
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