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Windows 7: Microsoft to stop producing Windows versions

08 May 2015   #1
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit; Zorin OS 9 Core (in VM)
 
 
Microsoft to stop producing Windows versions

"Windows 10 is going to be the last major revision of the operating system.Jerry Nixon, a Microsoft development executive, said in a conference speech this week that Windows 10 would be the "last version" of the dominant desktop software.
His comments were echoed by Microsoft which said it would update Windows in future in an "ongoing manner".
Instead of new stand-alone versions, Windows 10 would be improved in regular instalments, the firm said."


Microsoft to stop producing Windows versions - BBC News

Can you say "subscription"?


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08 May 2015   #2
linnemeyerhere

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Yikes O Rama !
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08 May 2015   #3
jamis

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

I saw this article on May 1st. Of course, I don't have to worry about it until after 2020, or if this Chinese ASUS tower breaks sooner. Just saw the second article on Google news.

Windows forever: Windows 10 builds will continue even after Microsoft ships it | PCWorld

Why Windows 10 is the 'last' version of Windows
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08 May 2015   #4
scr

1. Windows 7 Home Premium sp1 - 64bit 2. Windows 7 Pro sp1 - 64bit
 
 

I've read it refereed to as a "service" comparing it to the way Chrome is updated or serviced.

I have to wonder if at some point in time there will be frequent charges for the "service." I can't imagine MS will do it for free and the free version 10 will be a setup for future up grades at a cost.

I'm just thinking out loud here only because there is never anything free.
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08 May 2015   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

It is unfortunate that MS releases the information regarding the future Windows strategy in tidbits. That leads to all kinds of speculation. My own speculation is that we can expect either of 2 options - either it is a paid service at some time or it is free and we will be showered with ads. I myself would prefer to pay.
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08 May 2015   #6
groze

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08 May 2015   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

When I decide to get Windows 10 all I want to do is buy it, install it, activate it, update it. I would also like the option to pay extra for a Microsoft made DVD of Windows 10.
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08 May 2015   #8
RogerR

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OvenMaster View Post

Can you say "subscription"?
Dangerous strategy. Obviously they a feeling left behind by their failure to anticipate the mobile revolution and perhaps seeing Google a bit large in the rear view mirror.

In many ways the revolution is over. The platform is mature and each successive Windows (since ... XP? Vista?) has been more of an update than a new product anyway. Windows is ubiquitous and most people become customers through the act of buying as computer, rather than actually purchasing the product directly. There was little incentive for Windows 7 users to buy Windows 8, and presumably the same will hold for 10.

Is Office 365 a success? I'm just fine with Office 2007...
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08 May 2015   #9
jamis

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Running Office2000 on a W7 system. Works just fine thank you. I'm just glad I don't have any incentive, or force, to move off of W7. Like all prior versions of Windows, I'll wait until the one I have is dead and the current one has been wrung out by others. I don't regret missing W98, ME, Vista, W8, & W8.1.
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08 May 2015   #10
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"As I was walking up the stairs, I met a man who wasn't there. He wasn't there again today. I wish, I wish he'd go away!" - [from some creepy flick]

Back on topic, when my 6-year old machine craps out I'm going Linux

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