I sort of look on Win 8 as a modern day ME. When you have to go to outside software to make it useable, there is something just wrong about it. If I were MS, I would just offer Win 10 as a stand alone, with no upgrade path from Win 8. I think there is enough incentive to make the jump to Win 10, offered at full retail.
Perhaps you should get a job on Wall St. !!!!!!!
I think MS SHOULD offer a free upgrade -- that would also be a good incentive for the many 100,000's STILL on XP too.
It would also generate a bit of good will after that stupid W8 Fiasco (W8.1 at least rectified the problem a bit).
BUT Ms need to get this OS working 100% first -- Two duff OS'es in a row would be curtains for Ms's long term future.
I don't think I would upgrade either my Windows 8 or Windows 7 machines, unless it was free, or very reasonably priced (under $50). If Windows 7 users didn't buy into Windows 8, why would they get Windows 10?
It really comes down to the Apps Store more than anything, and compared to Apple and Android, I am not sure they are in the game.
oooooh, aaaah, I stayed up late enough to see the "Blood Moon" eclipse. later all.
I have always followed the mantra that anything free is worth every penny you pay for it. I just can't follow the logic of a corporation spending millions on a product and then giving it away. I could probably follow your logic and recognize a discounted upgrade path from XP on, but free I can't Grok.
I am in complete agreement that Win 10 had better be at least as polished as XP or Win 7. The fact that I paid full retail for Win 8 and 8.1 still sticks in my craw a bit, but you pays your money and you takes your chances.
You just put the whole thing into perspective for me.
I am quite impressed with the quality of this Preview Code.
I've read a few articles on Win8 update 2.
But it wasn't until I read your post did I realize why this release is solid.
You're right - it's not REALLY alpha release code. It's code that was already in the channel to be released as Win8 update2. The few things that are new were tacked on top of that code. That's most evident when you look at things like corners (charms, recent apps) that still have remnants of configuration, but don't work.
Personally, I don't understand why this upgrade issue is so important. First of all, I've never upgraded - I either buy a PC or build a PC, then install whatever OS I want and keep it there until the machine is retired. I just don't see why would I need to put a new OS on the old machine. Now, buying a new machine ... I never cared for what comes pre-installed and if I build, then nothing is pre-installed. Now, where do I get the OS? Well, there are plenty of ways to get it without buying a retail version - the simplest way is to get it from the University for free. Yes, not everyone's employer gives away software, but there are so many discount channels, that I don't even know what a "full retail price' is.
Now you see why I will not "upgrade" my 7 to the new 10. Perhaps in a couple of years when it's time to build a new machine, I will think about it. Although nothing in this preview impresses me enough to make that change.