After Windows10, consumers won't pay for updates or upgra

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  1. CountMike New Member

    Free at last: After Windows 10, consumers won't pay for updates or upgrades


    By Gregg Keizer
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    Computerworld | Oct 10, 2014 12:30 PM PT


    Microsoft will have no choice but to give consumers free Windows upgrades once it launches Windows 10 and kicks off its fast-fast-fast tempo, an analyst asserted.
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    "If Microsoft wants consumers to update and keep up to date, it really means that Microsoft is going to have to give those consumers those updates for free. There's really no other way to do it," said Michael Silver of Gartner at the research firm's annual technology conference.
    "A consumer isn't going to give Microsoft a credit card and say, 'Charge me for a new release whenever one comes out,'" Silver added. "It's very likely that consumer releases will be free."
    That will affect Microsoft's bottom line: With Windows 10 expected to be the nameplate for the OS for years longer than the usual three-year cycle between major upgrades -- from Windows 7 to Windows 8, say -- free means that consumers will never again have to pay to upgrade their PC's OS.
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    CountMike, Oct 10, 2014
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  2. sciencekyahai Win User

    HP Printer doesn't work after upgrading to Windows 10

    *Original Title: i have upgraed windows 10 my hp printer is not working laser jet p1005

    i have upgraed windows 10 my hp printer is not working laser jet p1005 pls help
     
    sciencekyahai, Oct 10, 2014
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  3. JinRyuu Win User
    Pay for free Windows10?

    Hi,

    If you upgraded to Windows 10 for free from an eligible device running a genuine copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, Windows 10 will automatically be activated online and create a digital entitlement for your device.

    If this is what you did and you have Activation problem, visit How to
    install and activate Windows 10 using your Windows 7 or Windows 8 product key
    for steps to solve the problem.

    If you created media and performed a clean installation of Windows 10, instead of first upgrading from your previous version of Windows

    If you performed a clean installation instead of an upgrade, you'll be asked to enter a Windows 10 product key or buy a new license in order to activate Windows 10. This is because we weren't able to register your free upgrade entitlement with the activation
    servers because you didn't upgrade to Windows 10. To fix this, you'll need to go back to your previous version of Windows, make sure the previous version is activated, and then upgrade to Windows 10.

    Helpful Links: ->
    Why can't I activate Windows 10?


    -> Activation in Windows 10
     
    JinRyuu, Oct 10, 2014
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  4. BillyBob Win User

    After Windows10, consumers won't pay for updates or upgra

    It'll be nice if its free but I don't mind paying, I don't expect anything for free so why Windows. I build my own machines and a copy of Windows is just an extra part of building the machine, which is only around $100. I only paid $39 for the Windows 8 upgrade, so I bought 4. My machines last me around 5 years now, so around $100 every 5 years is pretty cheap.
     
    BillyBob, Oct 11, 2014
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  5. Nuccii Win User
    I believe that Microsoft will go the subscription route as they have done with Office 365
     
    Nuccii, Oct 11, 2014
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  6. alphanumeric New Member
    Free? I don't think so Tim. I'm with Nuccii, subscription maybe but not totally free. If they do stick to a rapid release cycle it makes more sense to charge a monthly fee than to keep asking consumers to pony up a lump sum for the latest and greatest. It also means that "most" people will update/upgrade to the latest version. Eventually everybody will be running the "one" current version of Windows. They won't have to patch multiple versions like they do now.
     
    alphanumeric, Oct 11, 2014
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  7. Kari Win User
    One important thing to keep in mind is that this "news" does not come from Microsoft. It is an opinion of a researcher and analyst working for a research company, presented at a conference organized by his employer.
     
  8. CountMike New Member

    After Windows10, consumers won't pay for updates or upgra

    Not much actually comes from MS these days, either they don't know what they want or like to drop bombshells.
     
    CountMike, Oct 11, 2014
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  9. BillyBob Win User
    Why would Microsoft comment, the world's media hate them, old time Windows users hate them, they're better off just keeping quiet, let the press speculate.
     
    BillyBob, Oct 11, 2014
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  10. Jesse Williams Win User
    People would like them better, if they would provide free no cost upgrades like Apple.
     
    Jesse Williams, Oct 11, 2014
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  11. Mystere Win User
    Since when has OSX been a free, no cost upgrade?

    If you're referring to iOS, they actually did charge for new versions back in the early days.. but they found people got really mad that they had spent a premium on the hardware and then got nickeled and dimed over the OS.
     
    Mystere, Oct 11, 2014
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  12. Jesse Williams Win User
    No, I am not referring to iOS. I have an iPhone. I've been told that people get software upgrades on Apple computers for free. Now, they need to provide 10 as a free update, for users who are not computer smart and who want their start menus back. I think they should leave the metro start screen as is, but also include the regular Windows start menu on the desktop.
     
    Jesse Williams, Oct 11, 2014
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  13. LEE
    Lee Win User

    After Windows10, consumers won't pay for updates or upgra

    As a Mac user (main OS) I am here to tell you that in all reality it is not free. Look at the price we Mac user pay for our system. My iMac 27" with an Intel i7 4770 CPU and a 480 gig SSD cost me in the neighborhood of $3800.00. Now Microsoft is not in the hardware business, hence they need to charge for their OS because otherwise there coders would head for other companies.
     
  14. Jesse Williams Win User
    I know how high Apple computers are. But, they offer free OS updates. Windows doesn't and never has and they need to, they did with Windows 8.1 for Windows 8 users. So, they should do the same with 10 for 8.1 users.
     
    Jesse Williams, Oct 11, 2014
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  15. Mystere Win User
    MacOS has not traditionally been free, although the latest version is. Not sure if the next version will be.

    Regardless, MacOS is subsidized by the expensive Mac hardware. Microsoft makes no money from hardware sales other than Surface.
     
    Mystere, Oct 11, 2014
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