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Windows 8 price increases go into effect on February 1st

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Microsoft has announced today the end of its introductory pricing for Windows 8 upgrades. As of February 1st, the following are the new prices (via BI): The Windows 8 Pro upgrade edition will be available online and at retail for $199.99 MSRP (U.S.). The Windows 8 upgrade edition will be available online and at retail for $119.99 MSRP (U.S.). The Windows 8 Pro Pack will cost $99.99 MSRP (U.S.). ...

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#1
More reasons not to upgrade! They are just shooting themselves in the foot.
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#2
I have Windows 8 on my desktop and I'm not impressed. When I'm in desktop mode, I find myself seaching for the Start button. No dvd playback and bland GUI spell trouble when you throw in these new prices.

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#3
I'd love to know their logic behind this...

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#4
What's the point in upgrading when Windows costs damn near the cost of a NEW PC. Screw that. I'll wait until Windows 7 is killed off. Then maybe just get a new computer......Mac maybe???
#5
Originally posted by juaneryle:
I have Windows 8 on my desktop and I'm not impressed. When I'm in desktop mode, I find myself seaching for the Start button. No dvd playback and bland GUI spell trouble when you throw in these new prices.
Agree,its clumsy to use and everything is hidden.Might be good with a touch screen but horrible otherwise.
#6
I also tried it and hated it wholeheartedly. No start button, ugly interface, no Aero, and despite all that "simpler" interface I noticed many responsiveness lags in a Sony Vaio Core i5 with 6 GB of RAM.

The "settings" button in Metro mode won't show the control panel, among many other things. Searching apps is slow, and painful if you have quite a few apps installed. Internet Explorer 10 in full-screen mode is not intuitive to use, and ugly as hell, just like a mobile browser in a huge screen. Apps opened in desktop mode won't show in the list of running apps in Metro mode and vice versa... And to close an app from the Metro interface you have to... Drag from the top to the bottom of the screen? With a mouse? WTF?

Windows Blue will come out soon. If anyone wants to pay for an upgrade which will cripple his or her computer, better wait for it. At least it will be cheaper. Meanwhile, if you buy a new desktop or laptop today, and it has this shit preinstalled, bad luck.

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#7
I am not one to bitch and bash just for the sake of it. However, in the case of win 8...I bought a new laptop three weeks ago. It came with Win 8. I already had Win 8 installed on a virtual machine on my desktop PC and had an idea what it was about. Since I wanted to move with the time, I forced myself to use it on my laptop and hopefully like it. I have to say that even after installing Classicshell to get the start button back, I am going to format my laptop drive and install Win 7 today. On top of the clumsy ugly interface, several pieces of software I own (some very expensive), don't work. I could install Win 7 on a virtual machine and run my software from there but what would be the point. I found myself doing every thing possible to get Win 8 to look and behave like Win 7. Might as well get rid of Win 8 and install Win 7. It should look and behave like Win 7 then, isn't it?

Not impressed at all...
#8
03/01/2013 - MS lowers price after sales slump from price increase.
#9
Originally posted by bigdan45:
What's the point in upgrading when Windows costs damn near the cost of a NEW PC. Screw that. I'll wait until Windows 7 is killed off. Then maybe just get a new computer......Mac maybe???

ditto.
oh well, not a mac really, i will still stick to windows because of hardware and software availability.


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#10
Originally posted by mukhis:
Originally posted by bigdan45:
What's the point in upgrading when Windows costs damn near the cost of a NEW PC. Screw that. I'll wait until Windows 7 is killed off. Then maybe just get a new computer......Mac maybe???

ditto.
oh well, not a mac really, i will still stick to windows because of hardware and software availability.

I personally, don't do too much with stuff that's not available on Mac.
#11
I think the only reason for anyone to move to Windows 8 is if they actually move in the other direction and make it even cheaper. Instead, it seems they are nostalgic for the days when Microsoft enjoyed huge profits off their OS and would like to return to that time. If this is the case, then they have lost me as a customer.
#12
Er, M$ still "enjoys huge profits" from Windows. It's always been a cash cow.
#13
For me its running better, start button can be added on for free, metro is not the end of the world but is poorly utilized(why not bring up a screen to select what goes onto metro and have the programs button so you can go into a better sorted metro screen of all the program shortcuts when you install something.)


Also for the first time since vista I can use the search to find any file.


All in all its not bad, not worth more than 50$ but its not that bad.

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#14
well no offence zippy,but when it becomes more than not bad i will be there with bells on to buy it.so much talk about tweaking an operating system to be more like windows 7 kinda makes me want to stick with windows 7.making an operating system attractive to the consumer is not my job.its no different than say chrysler coming out with a new model and asking the consumer to work the bugs out of it and make it "attractive" to the consumer.to me,its up to microsoft,to do their job and come out with a finished product.
#15
Well I am just waiting for the next one cause historicaly as many have said M$ is on an every other release being worth using cycle and has been for years. I won't be buying anything I can't put Windows 7 on till the next one. They emailed me several times asking why I was waiting so long to get my cheap upgrade. Man it's garbage. Doesn't matter what ya charge if noone's buying anyway right? I just wonder how far they will have to go to make it a good operating system? Prob have to scrap the whole thing...


Just my $0.02,

dEwMe
#16
You could also see the price raise as a way for them to squeeze more money out of people. People on the fence or maybe where going to wait will more then likely pick up a copy while it's still selling for a good price. I have tried Windows 8 and it's not for me. Like I always say I hope Windows 9 will allow the option for the more classic Windows experience or the new touch screen experience. I sit at my desk I have no touch screen I don't want to have to mimic hand gestures with a mouse.
#17
My second thought about the price increase is stated in the news post, "Current prices are significantly cheaper, as Microsoft is hoping to get upgraders".

What Microsoft wants: "Windows 8 is going up in price? How much is it already? Oh dang! That's a steal compared to what it will be. I had better get it before February 1st!".
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#18
Originally posted by Morreale:
I'd love to know their logic behind this...


Isn't that simple? If you don't make a million on 'x units', increase the price.

But i'm with with you, with all the companies out there complaining that win8 ain't great, i think M$ maintains their tradition of one good one bad OS. Only thing with the current management at M$ it doesn't seem anything will change and for the new win9 and it will continue as "it ain't great" did.
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#19
Let me know when people start selling 50$ legit keys.

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#20
Used to be that in the hardware business, IBM, DEC, HP would RAISE the price of their obsolete gear in order to force customers to move up to their new, faster products. This would reduce their support/spares/inventory costs and keep their customers happy and up to speed with their technologies. Microsoft should double their Windows 7 prices and keep the Windows 8 at pre-february prices. Either way they would win. Repeat process with Windows 9.
#21
Law of Demand and Supply

If Demand is low and Supply is high, raise the price to make up for lost profits!

All I can say is WOW!
#22
I have an old Dell (Multimedia) desktop with XP. How much of a problem would it be to install Windows 8? MS is going to stop supporting XP in a year. Can't afford to buy new hardware. What do you all think?
#23
Originally posted by Delljunk:
I have an old Dell (Multimedia) desktop with XP. How much of a problem would it be to install Windows 8? MS is going to stop supporting XP in a year. Can't afford to buy new hardware. What do you all think?
if you can afford FREE

UBUNTU LINUX and a windows emulator

or Buy some RAM and a "newer" graphics card and you are good to go.
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#24
Originally posted by Delljunk:
I have an old Dell (Multimedia) desktop with XP. How much of a problem would it be to install Windows 8? MS is going to stop supporting XP in a year. Can't afford to buy new hardware. What do you all think?
It's no hassle at all, you'll be able to keep all of your stuff. and Honestly, while there is a pretty steep learning curve, after I got used to it, I found that I can actually work more efficiently on Windows 8, but that's just me. I think 90% of people's problems stem from trouble adapting to change, and 10% are actual concerns. Your biggest problem will probably be your hardware which is likely very outdated. Windows 8 requires at least 2GB of RAM and very few windows XP computers shipped with that much, but you likely have at least a 1ghz processor, so look into your machine's specs to determine if a hardware upgrade will be worth it for you. :) Oh, I almost forgot, if you upgrade from XP, you will lose most of your installed programs, but get to keep your files. Best of luck!
#25
Originally posted by dali:
I also tried it and hated it wholeheartedly. No start button, ugly interface, no Aero, and despite all that "simpler" interface I noticed many responsiveness lags in a Sony Vaio Core i5 with 6 GB of RAM.

The "settings" button in Metro mode wont show the control panel, among many other things. Searching apps is slow, and painful if you have quite a few apps installed. Internet Explorer 10 in full-screen mode is not intuitive to use, and ugly as hell, just like a mobile browser in a huge screen. Apps opened in desktop mode wont show in the list of running apps in Metro mode and vice versa... And to close an app from the Metro interface you have to... Drag from the top to the bottom of the screen? With a mouse? WTF?

Windows Blue will come out soon. If anyone wants to pay for an upgrade which will cripple his or her computer, better wait for it. At least it will be cheaper. Meanwhile, if you buy a new desktop or laptop today, and it has this shit preinstalled, bad luck.
Ubuntu LINUX has AERO LIKE interface only problem is ITs FREE !!! HAHAH
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