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  1.    10 Jul 2015 #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cr00zng View Post

    Couldn't MS just claim the free upgrade as promotional cost and spread it to 2-4 years? Effectively offsetting other income and lower their taxes...

    No, actually MS has stated that the free upgrade to W10 if for the life of the device, without time limit. MS may estimate this time to be between 2-4 years, but that does not mean it'll be the case in all free updates.
    Every major US corporation must follow uniform accounting rules, in this case know as Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).
    The rules say it must be done in the way explained.
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  2.    10 Jul 2015 #12
    Join Date : Oct 2014
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    Windows 10 64-bits

    Thanks Rich...
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  3.    10 Jul 2015 #13

    Hi there

    Sounds a bit like Rapacious Banks / ISP's etc who operate a system of offering New customers really good deals and then when they are all hooked the price goes up ("Monetisation again").

    It's known in the trade as "Sucker Deals". Grab them in early and most people usually don't bother to switch even when there are better deals available.

    As for shareholders -- don't be too hard on these --I'm sure people want Pensions, other benefits at the appropriate time and you've only got to look at say the example Greece to see what happens if people keep drawing on the State when there isn't money being earned.

    We might not like some of the practices in the modern world but NOBODY has come up with a better model that actually works so warts and all I think I'd prefer the US system with a bit of Scandinavian social justice thrown in to any other business model out there.

    Companies NEED CASH for innovation -- Shareholders lend their money and IMO are entitled to some reward for putting up the dosh (and taking the risks if a company fails).

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  4.    10 Jul 2015 #14
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 78

    I think MS is following the path of Redhat. You can install their OS for free, but if you want any have to have a subscription. They are probably looking at it as recurring profits instead of just a one time purchase. It makes sense, just sucks for us...hopefully its not crazy.
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