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  1.    15 May 2015 #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by FD611V View Post
    Bill Gates didn't make his billions giving away the store. You, and I know somewhere, someone is going to pay for the "costs" of creating Windows 10 and the costs of the upgrades and , etc. So, tell me where is Microsoft going to get their money that is "due" for what Bill Gates considers some extra billions in his stash drawer? I have a "sneaky" felling we all will pay a fee when it comes to Microsoft making the "necessary" upgrades that we must have for Win10 to continue to run.
    Bill Gates has nothing to do with Microsoft anymore. You should live in the present, not the past.

    If you had bothered to look at the financials, you would see that as things stand today, the consumer OS sales do not really make that much money. The vast majority of MS's money comes from (and these licensing costs are not changing):

    * Enterprise OS licenses
    * OEM Licenses
    * Server and Application Licenses
    * Services (Azure, etc..) fees
    * Hardware (Keyboards, Mice, Xbox, etc..)

    Retail OS Upgrades do not account for much in the way overall revenues... so this "giveaway" isn't going to cost them much, and the benefit is that they get all those old systems upgraded.
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  2.    15 May 2015 #12
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    [QUOTE=Mystere;239061]Bill Gates has nothing to do with Microsoft anymore. You should live in the present, not the past.

    If you had bothered to look at the financials, you would see that as things stand today, the consumer OS sales do not really make that much money. The vast majority of MS's money comes from (and these licensing costs are not changing):


    I see your elevator don't go above the first floor. Hey, I'm the present and one step ahead. Old Bill still calling the shots.
    What Bill Gates' New Role Could Mean For Microsoft

    February 05, 2014 4:10 PM ET

    Laura Sydell

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    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is stepping down as chairman of its board and into a new role, which the company is calling "technology adviser." The change comes as a new CEO — Satya Nadella — takes the helm. Gates says he will actually be spending a little more time at Microsoft. Microsoft watchers say if he manages his new role well, it will be good for the company.



    Gates is certainly the visionary who turned Microsoft into a software juggernaut. Back in 1990, Gates told NPR that computers weren't quite ready for the home — at least not yet.
    "A lot of people wouldn't have the time to learn how to use it," he said. But he also saw that in the near future computers would become easy to use and people would find them "as the medium they use to get information and to learn."
    Gates was right on the money, and Microsoft's software navigated most of our PCs for over a decade. But Gates had a PC-centric vision of the future. He was slow to see the Internet coming. He couldn't imagine that people would bypass the computer for services that live online or in the cloud like Google Docs or Netflix. Microsoft's been playing catch-up.
    Microsoft Finds Itself at a Crossroads


    Gates missed that boat. But in stepping down as chairman, he announced that he would be spending more time at the company as its technical adviser at Nadella's request.
    In a video released by Microsoft, Gates said, "I'm thrilled that Satya has asked me to step up, substantially increasing the time that I spend at the company. I'll have over a third of my time available to meet with product groups and it'll be fun to define this next round of products."
    It's not really clear just how involved Gates will be in shaping products. And given his track record of recent years it may not be the best role. Ted Schadler, an analyst with Forrester Research, thinks what Gates is really doing is helping to smooth the transition for the new CEO.
    "So you start to think of Bill Gates as a coach, as a mentor, as somebody who is willing to step out of the limelight, but be present in helping the new CEO get his feet under him and get things done," Schadler says.
    Schadler thinks the board picked Nadella to lead the company because he has been a leader at Microsoft in developing its cloud services, which is where the company needs to grow. Schadler says there is a risk in having Gates involved day to day: He could steal the limelight from Nadella.
    "It would not create urgency around changing," Schadler says. "So if you're an employee of Microsoft, you need to change. And if Bill Gates was still seen as calling the shots then you might think, 'Well, I don't have to change really; we can just kind of keep going the way we're going.' "

    * Enterprise OS licenses
    * OEM Licenses
    * Server and Application Licenses
    * Services (Azure, etc..) fees
    * Hardware (Keyboards, Mice, Xbox, etc..)
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  3.    15 May 2015 #13
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    I see your elevator don't go above the first floor. Hey, I'm the present and one step ahead. Old Bill still calling the shots.
    Ah,., good way to get started at a new forum.. calling others names.. that doesn't fly here,
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  4.    15 May 2015 #14

    Yet another troll.......
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  5.    15 May 2015 #15
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanWade View Post
    Yet another troll.......
    Could be.,. but they are everywhere..
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  6.    15 May 2015 #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanWade View Post
    Yet another troll.......
    Or same one w/multiple accounts.
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  7.    15 May 2015 #17
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    Or same one w/multiple accounts.
    That's what I've been thinking.. given some of the replies/users posts here I wouldn't be surprised one bit.
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  8.    15 May 2015 #18
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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyJ View Post
    There are so many ways that MS can and will make money at this point that giving away WIn10 will be a non issue.
    T-shirts--- I want an official Insider T-shirt with a Windows 10 logo-here's my money Microsoft. They could make some good money with merchandizing. T-shirts, perfume, a Volkswagen Model(call it the GOLF 10) the GOLF is called RABBIT in US and Canada.

    A Gabe Aul action figure
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  9.    15 May 2015 #19
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    Or same one w/multiple accounts.
    Yep the same ignorant troll.
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  10.    15 May 2015 #20
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    T-shirts--- I want an official Insider T-shirt with a Windows 10 logo-here's my money Microsoft. They could make some good money with merchandizing. T-shirts, perfume, a Volkswagen Model(call it the GOLF 10) the GOLF is called RABBIT in US and Canada.

    A Gabe Aul action figure
    Yes.. I remember the Rabbit.. nice car.. and yes.. T-Shirts!! And a Gabe bobble head!! I would want one of those..
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