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#1    thedutchiedutch

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 01:52 AM

Faced with poor adoption of Windows 8, and no clear sign that matters will improve any time soon,
Microsoft is thinking about releasing a free or low-cost version of Windows 8.1 called “Windows 8.1 with Bing.”

The theory is that, by providing a free (or perhaps low-cost) version of Windows 8.1, users of Windows XP, Vista, and 7, will finally be convinced to upgrade, driving up its anemic market share.

Microsoft hopes to offset the massive loss of income by pushing more users towards services like Bing, OneDrive, and Office. This follows news from MWC 2014 that Microsoft is also considering a similar move for Windows Phone. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Link to full article : http://www.extremete...se-market-share

So do I have time for a last smoke and a pancake or what?

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 02:01 AM

I tried 8.1. Not a fan. I will just stick with 7.
Office 2013, however, is pretty good.

Thank you, internet, for providing all that I need at "low cost".

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 02:15 AM

View PostImaginarynumber1, on 01 March 2014 - 02:01 AM, said:

I tried 8.1. Not a fan. I will just stick with 7.
Office 2013, however, is pretty good.

Thank you, internet, for providing all that I need at "low cost".

My son has 8. I am not a fan of it. I love 7.
Isn't 8.1 not more like 7 ? Or am I wrong ?

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 02:16 AM

View Postthedutchiedutch, on 01 March 2014 - 02:15 AM, said:

My son has 8. I am not a fan of it. I love 7.
Isn't 8.1 not more like 7 ? Or am I wrong ?

They basically just took away the tiled start menu and gave you the desktop back. Everything else is still hidden and annoying to find.

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 02:17 AM

8 is fine on a tablet, but not on a desktop or laptop. It's just painful on those.

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 02:21 AM

View PostImaginarynumber1, on 01 March 2014 - 02:16 AM, said:

They basically just took away the tiled start menu and gave you the desktop back. Everything else is still hidden and annoying to find.

I see.

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 02:23 AM

View PostImaginarynumber1, on 01 March 2014 - 02:17 AM, said:

8 is fine on a tablet, but not on a desktop or laptop. It's just painful on those.

Agreed. My son has a touch screen laptop, if it wasn't for that I bet he would find it annoying.

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 02:58 AM

8 was just a complete step in the wrong direction

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 04:16 AM

View PostPM3K, on 01 March 2014 - 02:58 AM, said:

8 was just a complete step in the wrong direction

"Oh hey! You like windows 7?! Here! Try this piece of garbage instead!!!"

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 11:33 PM

Interesting, especially for those lagging behind with XP and Vista on lower-end hardwares and no interest to spend money on those things. It seems that it is intented as basic which could really push those people to upgrade without having to buy a new computer. However, I doubt it will convince the advanced users which have the need of a full-featured operating system nor will it change the general consensus on Windows 8, that of a commercial failure.

View PostImaginarynumber1, on 01 March 2014 - 02:01 AM, said:

Office 2013, however, is pretty good.

I found Office 2013 to be quite expensive truth be told. It must be said that there is free alternatives available such as LibreOffice which is quite full-featured. Also, these web-based apps that can get the job done without having to spend anything are very interesting.

Edited by sam_comm, 02 March 2014 - 11:40 PM.


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Posted 03 March 2014 - 12:32 AM

View Postsam_comm, on 02 March 2014 - 11:33 PM, said:

Interesting, especially for those lagging behind with XP and Vista on lower-end hardwares and no interest to spend money on those things. It seems that it is intented as basic which could really push those people to upgrade without having to buy a new computer. However, I doubt it will convince the advanced users which have the need of a full-featured operating system nor will it change the general consensus on Windows 8, that of a commercial failure.



I found Office 2013 to be quite expensive truth be told. It must be said that there is free alternatives available such as LibreOffice which is quite full-featured. Also, these web-based apps that can get the job done without having to spend anything are very interesting.

Wasn't expensive for me. Let's just say I sail the seas of the internet.

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 12:05 PM

View Postsam_comm, on 02 March 2014 - 11:33 PM, said:

Interesting, especially for those lagging behind with XP and Vista on lower-end hardwares and no interest to spend money on those things. It seems that it is intented as basic which could really push those people to upgrade without having to buy a new computer. However, I doubt it will convince the advanced users which have the need of a full-featured operating system nor will it change the general consensus on Windows 8, that of a commercial failure.



I found Office 2013 to be quite expensive truth be told. It must be said that there is free alternatives available such as LibreOffice which is quite full-featured. Also, these web-based apps that can get the job done without having to spend anything are very interesting.

Libre Office and Open Office (by Novel) are pretty good alternatives to Office, and free, besides that you don't risk a lawyer coming a-knocking because you have send an office file to the wrong person (who then discovers you have a pirate version)... which really end being expensive.

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Posted 10 March 2014 - 01:59 AM

I dual-boot windows 7 and ubuntu studio on two of my computers, that combo really gives me all I need. After recently trying windows 8 I really have no desire to upgrade. Even if there is a free version.


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Posted 16 April 2015 - 06:09 AM

View Postquestionmark, on 03 March 2014 - 12:05 PM, said:

(who then discovers you have a pirate version)...

"If" I did have a pirated version, which i totally don't, then i would perhaps use a program that i may or may not have heard about that may or may not give you a legit serial and certificate for any windows software. "IF".

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