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Offline tone007

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Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $39.99!
« on: July 03, 2012, 01:12:05 PM »
Not even Windows 3.1 was this inexpensive!

http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2012/07/02/upgrade-to-windows-8-pro-for-39-99.aspx

I wonder how it'll sell.  I think the low price will make it move.
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Re: Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $39.99!
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2012, 02:21:40 PM »
Hmm, I can upgrade XP?
I have two copies of that, so I might upgrade one.

BTW - I paid less for Windows Home Server 2011 (which is Win7 based).
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Re: Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $39.99!
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2012, 02:23:50 PM »
How you liking WHS 2011, Iggy?

I recently switched from FreeNAS to WHS 2011 on my one NAS server and I'm loving it so far.
 

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Re: Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $39.99!
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2012, 02:34:55 PM »
Nice try but they'll have to pay me a lot more than 40 dollars to use their software.
 

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Re: Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $39.99!
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2012, 02:58:05 PM »
Ufff... Microsoft sofware makes me feel sick.

It's been seven years since I last had a Windows computer, and I will NEVER go back to that world of bloat, virusses, malware, registry nightmares, slowness, fragmentation and uglyness.

Linux covers my daily needs: it runs on my Pandaboard ES silent fanless computer wich boots in seconds with it's TI kernel. It's free, fast, light and secure. If I'd still be using Windows **** after all those years I'd feel pretty idiotic.
Other OSes I use are Amiga OS (on minimg, fpga-arcade) and Risc OS (on the Pandaboard ES, too).

WHY on earth would anybody use Microsft Windows these days? No, seriously: Lubuntu is SO easy that even my parents use it every day and I didn't have to teach them a single thing! Using M$ **** is nonsense.

The only Micro-**** software I run is...well, MSX-DOS on my Altera DE1 home-made MSX2+ computer :D
And it'll remain like that.

If I only had M$ Windows to choose from, I'm sure I'd leave computers for good.
 

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Re: Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $39.99!
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2012, 03:07:59 PM »
They will have a hard time getting most people to "upgrade" from Windows 7 even for $40.  Win7 is really the best version yet.

I run a lot of alternative OS's but I still spend most of my time there.
 

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Re: Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $39.99!
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2012, 03:26:26 PM »
Quote from: gaula92;698879
Ufff... Microsoft sofware makes me feel sick.
 
It's been seven years since I last had a Windows computer, and I will NEVER go back to that world of bloat, virusses, malware, registry nightmares, slowness, fragmentation and uglyness.
 
Linux covers my daily needs: it runs on my Pandaboard ES silent fanless computer wich boots in seconds with it's TI kernel. It's free, fast, light and secure. If I'd still be using Windows **** after all those years I'd feel pretty idiotic.
Other OSes I use are Amiga OS (on minimg, fpga-arcade) and Risc OS (on the Pandaboard ES, too).
 
WHY on earth would anybody use Microsft Windows these days? No, seriously: Lubuntu is SO easy that even my parents use it every day and I didn't have to teach them a single thing! Using M$ **** is nonsense.
 
The only Micro-**** software I run is...well, MSX-DOS on my Altera DE1 home-made MSX2+ computer :D
And it'll remain like that.
 
If I only had M$ Windows to choose from, I'm sure I'd leave computers for good.

 
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Re: Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $39.99!
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2012, 03:43:38 PM »
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Not even Windows 3.1 was this inexpensive!


Yeah...  That's a deep discount, for sure.  I think it kinda shows how desperate Microsoft is for a new runaway hit.  They want some splashy numbers to throw around.  Their last two operating systems have had fairly slow uptakes, and Office 2010 uptake has been glacial, as far as I can tell.  Their biggest competitor is by far their own older products.

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I wonder how it'll sell.  I think the low price will make it move.


I tend to think you're right.  Though it is interesting, selling the upgrade to Windows 8 from XP cheaper than the upgrade to Windows 7 is.  It almost admits that Windows 8 has less to offer desktop users than Windows 7, which isn't far from the truth, IMHO.
 

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Re: Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $39.99!
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2012, 04:01:13 PM »
Windows 7 is the new XP, I have no doubts about that.

Just like people absolutely refused to give up XP when Vista (or even 7, for awhile) came out, same thing will happen with Windows 8 and W7.  There's really no valid reason for any desktop user to go for it, and despite MS's claims everyone will just love the tile experience, people will avoid W8 like the plague on desktops.

Even at $40, I see no valid reason to "upgrade".

Not sure I would chalk it up to desperation, but more following the Apple model of cheaper, more frequent updates.
 

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Re: Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $39.99!
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2012, 04:39:54 PM »
Ignoring the windows phone xbox tile desktop, from reports I have read windows 8 is more stable and much quicker in parts than even win 7
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Re: Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $39.99!
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2012, 05:44:46 PM »
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It was kind of a pain to set up, but its helped tie all my hardware together.
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Offline commodorejohn

Re: Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $39.99!
« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2012, 05:46:54 PM »
As Ilwrath says, this is a desperation maneuver; evidently they've picked up on the fact that a lot of people are very, very Not Happy about the idea of being forced into using a tablet UI on a desktop or laptop, and hope that making it ultra-cheap will persuade them.

I really don't think it will, though. Microsoft obviously doesn't care about desktop users enough to give them an interface designed for their machines, which every previous version of Windows has, and cutting the price without addressing the complaint only sends a message to disgruntled users that "no, we don't think your concern is legitimate, but we're hoping we can buy your compliance." That's just damned insulting, that is.

It's not going to work. This'll probably snare a few people who were on the fence, but the majority of people who do not want a tablet interface aren't going to suddenly want a tablet interface just because it's now cheap. All this is really going to accomplish is netting them less money from the faithful who were always going to upgrade anyway. Good one, Microsoft.
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Re: Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $39.99!
« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2012, 06:07:30 PM »
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Re: Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $39.99!
« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2012, 06:10:29 PM »
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As Ilwrath says, this is a desperation maneuver; evidently they've picked up on the fact that a lot of people are very, very Not Happy about the idea of being forced into using a tablet UI on a desktop or laptop, and hope that making it ultra-cheap will persuade them.

It's more likely they are making it cheap to attract customers that would pirate it, if it were more expensive.
 
It doesn't matter how they price it, you'd still complain.
 

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Re: Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $39.99!
« Reply #14 on: July 03, 2012, 06:27:51 PM »
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It doesn't matter how they price it, you'd still complain.
Well yes, that was my point. The people who are unhappy about the direction Windows 8 is taking are not going to be swayed by price when they feel like their real concerns are being dismissed and ignored.
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