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Thread: Microsoft to give away Windows 8.1 for free?

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    Re: Microsoft to give away Windows 8.1 for free?

    Quote Originally Posted by lykwydchykyn View Post
    Well, it's anyone's guess what the exact limitations will be. They will almost certainly not be the same as win7 starter, but count on there being some heavy limitations and some heavy-handed steering towards Microsoft's online services.
    Right now everything is speculation. If it fits the profile I will install it for windows gaming (if it's free).

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    Re: Microsoft to give away Windows 8.1 for free! OMG

    Quote Originally Posted by Tar_Ni View Post
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    I think we are seeing here a change of paradigm by Microsoft and it's new CEO Satya Nadella. Microsoft doesn't hide the fact that it want to be more like Google which is a succesful model of web-based cloud services and that's the direction in which the web and a lot of it's users seems to be going.

    Perhaps, though they should probably remember that one doesn't become a leader by following.

    At anyrate I'd probably not download it anyway, but I suppose if someone is incline or for some reason needs to use windows and they are unable to afford to upgrade to windows 8/8.1 I suppose having a limited version of 8.1 might be better then remaining on windows xp once its support is completely dropped.
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    Re: Microsoft to give away Windows 8.1 for free?

    Quote Originally Posted by mips View Post
    If it fits the profile I will install it for windows gaming (if it's free).
    Oh yes. same here. if nothing else at least some windows games will work on it
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    Re: Microsoft to give away Windows 8.1 for free?

    anti-trust?

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    Re: Microsoft to give away Windows 8.1 for free! OMG

    Quote Originally Posted by MasterNetra View Post
    Perhaps, though they should probably remember that one doesn't become a leader by following.

    At anyrate I'd probably not download it anyway, but I suppose if someone is incline or for some reason needs to use windows and they are unable to afford to upgrade to windows 8/8.1 I suppose having a limited version of 8.1 might be better then remaining on windows xp once its support is completely dropped.
    I agree, Microsoft has been behind the parade for some time now, trying to catching up it's big opponent: Google.

    Mirosoft has been a leader of the desktops computing for years now but with the rise of portable devices and cloud computing I think the nomination of Satya Nadella is to put the corporation back in the forefront of innovations. We will see...

    I believe it this kind fo operating system has it's advantage. For one it's a lot better to be able to pay less (probably round 250$) for a new laptop. It can make a good Linux machine as well.

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    Re: Microsoft to give away Windows 8.1 for free?

    Microsoft set up a web site so it's users can determine what version of Windows they are using - turns out the average Windows user has no idea: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...erating-system

    I distinctly remember installing Xubuntu 12.04 on this box. Well, imagine my surprise when I went to the site and was told this:
    WindowsVersion.png
    I must have partied too much back in the day. It looks like they put the start menu back where it belongs except it's on the top instead of the bottom. And it doesn't say start it looks more a mouse head. Anyway it works pretty good except I can't seem to install any Windows software on it. Maybe I forgot to register it.

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    Re: Microsoft to give away Windows 8.1 for free?

    ^^^Me too!

    I guess it is free, and looks a lot like 'buntu.
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    Re: Microsoft to give away Windows 8.1 for free?

    I worked on a few Windows 8.* OS on other machines and I can wait for the next Windows OS before I add anything to this computer or any other that I own.
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    Re: Microsoft to give away Windows 8.1 for free?

    Same result for me, and I've got Xubuntu 14.04 on this netbook.

    Interesting...
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    Re: Microsoft to give away Windows 8.1 for free?

    Just checked on Ubuntu/FVWM/firefox, and on Mac OS X/safari, and I guess they both look a lot like Windows 8.1.
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