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  1.    15 Jan 2014 #1

    Microsoft has made many versions of Windows.

    They put out Windows Updates to fix the bugs in the systems.

    Then they put out a new version for hundreds of $$$s.

    Then put out Windows Updates, etc., etc. .

    They do things this way to keep making money.

    If they just put out one version & supplied free Windows Updates, they would make no money except from sales of computers with the OS already installed.

    This goes back to the dealings with IBM.

    Read up on that if you wish.

    Bill knew there was more money in software than hardware.
    He was shrewed.

    I have been rambling a bit.

    The point I am thinking about is the Free upgrade thing with Windows 8.1 & possibly Windows 9.

    This is a major change in corporate strategy.

    This is a good move.

    It will enhance public opinion about Microsoft in a positive manner.

    Whether they are doing this out of the kindness of their very rich heart or not, it will help people with little money.

    Maybe they figure they have made enough Billions$$$ they can afford to be nice to their customers.

    I'm through speculating.(& ranting)
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  2.    16 Jan 2014 #2
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    If they go to a subscription formula for their apps, then they want to keep the OS up and running so you can buy apps. It's like a game console, they want you to keep buying the games. A Guy
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  3.    16 Jan 2014 #3

    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey, post: 11239, member: 31
    Maybe they figure they have made enough Billions$$$ they can afford to be nice to their customers.
    lol... I doubt that. These big companies only have one strategy... profit.
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  4.    16 Jan 2014 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigseb, post: 11250, member: 98
    lol... I doubt that. These big companies only have one strategy... profit.
    Correction, ALL companies have one strategy... profit. Otherwise, why be in business?
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  5.    16 Jan 2014 #5

    I was kind of thinking of the old movie Miracle on 34th Street.

    Or It's a Wonderful Life.(James Stewart)

    Or A Christmas Carol---Charles Dickens

    Microsoft helping out---

    http://www.microsoft.com/about/corpo...us/nonprofits/
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  6.    16 Jan 2014 #6
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    I'd be surprised if Windows 9 ends up being free. It would be nice but I'm not holding my breath on that one. IMHO 8.1 was free because there would have been a big outcry if it wasn't. 8.1 fixes what were perceived as flaws in 8.0. If you already bought 8.0 and then had to pony up again for 8.1 you likely wouldn't have been a happy camper. I think Microsoft realized that and did the in good faith thing. The next update 8.1.1 or what ever it ends up being, will most likely be a free update too.
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  7.    16 Jan 2014 #7
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    Nice idea but the majority of people who want the software are not non-profit, they are business's who are in business to make money, much the same as Microsoft are.

    Most of the people who are in the public sector and want the software I know don't make profit from it they just want to use it on their own home machines.

    Maybe make the software cheaper for those but I certainly don't see it being made free.
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  8.    16 Jan 2014 #8

    By the posts I read in forums, people are not happy with the way Microsoft does business.

    Hopefully they will soon take note of that fact & start doing better.

    They need to be visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, & Future.

    Then maybe they would not have a "Bah, Humbug" attitude.

    After all, what does it profit a company to gain the world & lose its soul ?

    If all businesses were like that, it would truly be a sad culture to live in.

    Wake up Microsoft ! Be nice.
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  9.    16 Jan 2014 #9

    Quote Originally Posted by strollin, post: 11334, member: 67
    Correction, ALL companies have one strategy... profit. Otherwise, why be in business?
    Kind of what I meant but yeah you're right.

    Personally I don't mind paying I just wish it were cheaper. I use Windows 7 Professional on all 3 of my PC's. Thats R2500 per PC just for the OS. Ouch.
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  10.    16 Jan 2014 #10

    Quote Originally Posted by bigseb, post: 11348, member: 98
    Kind of what I meant but yeah you're right.

    Personally I don't mind paying I just wish it were cheaper. I use Windows 7 Professional on all 3 of my PC's. Thats R2500 per PC just for the OS. Ouch.

    Is that approx. $75.00 US Dollars?
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