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  1.    02 Jan 2014 #1

    Maybe a ray of hope for Windows 9? (personally I doubt it... but boy would it be cool...)

    Microsoft's vision of how PCs work in the post-PC era is based on Windows 8. In order for people to experience that vision, they have to have it on their devices. Currently, the only way for the user to do that is something extremely intentional -- they have to go out of their way to buy new hardware or upgrade it. Those twin barriers of "payment" and "hassle" acts as an enormous drag against delivery of Microsoft's complex vision.
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  2.    02 Jan 2014 #2
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    Thanks.
    Now we just have to redefine "free"

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  3.    03 Jan 2014 #3
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    Doesn't do a thing for me, I'm afraid.

    Wenda.
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  4.    05 Jan 2014 #4
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    They can go the google route to make Windows a "free" OS, or they can just reduce the OS license fees.

    They're already considering dropping the fees for Windows 8.1 RT and Windows Phone.
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  5.    17 Jan 2014 #5
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    Welcome news, Win 8 was 25 and Win 8.1 was Free so why not Free 9
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  6.    17 Jan 2014 #6
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    Win 8.1 Is only free to users that had Win 8 already other wise you have to pay.
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  7.    17 Jan 2014 #7
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    Doesn't hurt to think about a free-OS from MS, but it is very unlikely they'll want to spend millions of dollars to make an OS and get nothing paid in return.
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  8.    17 Jan 2014 #8

    The million dollar question: which will come first? A free OS from Microsoft or ReactOS?
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  9.    17 Jan 2014 #9
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    Ive been watching ReactOS and hope to try it when its released in full.
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  10.    17 Jan 2014 #10
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    I have tried ReactOS beta a few months ago on my Vbox. It kept crashing though with a BSOD for weird reasons. Though the project has tried to support Windows apps with using a Wine-like interface, It cannot really IMITATE Windows as the the source code is strictly controlled within Microsoft.
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