Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th Nov 2012 01:41 UTC
Windows "Despite the fact that I've been using Windows 8 for the past three weeks, I somehow managed to overlook a rather stark feature in the OS: ads. No, we're not talking about ads cluttering up the desktop or login screen (thankfully), but rather ads that can be found inside of some Modern UI apps that Windows ships with. That includes Finance, Weather, Travel, News and so forth. Is it a problem? Let's tackle this from a couple of different angles." Hadn't seen them either - I don't use those applications - but this is pretty despicable.
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RE[3]: Comment by Drumhellar
by UltraZelda64 on Sat 10th Nov 2012 06:41 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar"
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Last I checked, the full retail copy of Windows didn't cost in the tens of dollars. Some low-end upgrades might be $99.99999, but they're still basically a hundred. You're probably alluding to the to $40 special upgrade promotion for Windows 8. If so, you'd better run out and get a copy while the special pricing lasts, because it won't stay there for long. Additionally, you'd better have a copy of Windows already--because the promotion is only for the upgrade copies.

I'm pretty damn sure I had to pay $200 for Windows XP Professional years ago just to get away from the trainwreck that was Windows ME, and if it was the "full" version it would have been a whopping $300. Vista and 7 came with prices of up to $400 if I remember right (one of the many reasons I ditched the OS starting with that release; SKU nightmares and increasingly ridiculous pricing schemes being only two big ones).

And while I don't care too much about Windows 8's pricing myself (Windows 8 is Windows, Windows was always expensive, it's 2012 and that's obvious by now, nothing new...), a quick glance on Amazon shows that Windows 8 Pro will jump right up to $200 soon enough. And yes... again... that's just the upgrade, once again.

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