Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Apr 2012 07:41 UTC
Windows While I was fast asleep, Microsoft unveiled the SKUs for Windows 8 - and we're in for a surprise. Yes, after years and years of fully deserved mockery for releasing 343 versions of each Windows release, the company has seen the light and reduced everything to just four - of which only two, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro, will be freely available in stores.
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by unoengborg on Tue 17th Apr 2012 18:09 UTC in reply to "ARM"
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Windows 8 ARM probably will be freely available, just not in a way Microsoft wants. All it will take is for some enterprising individual to borrow recovery partition from a fairly standard device, put it in a disk image of some sort, and people will be able to make their own installation media.

Edit: And thus, Microsoft loses business in the future to pirates. People who may well have bought copies of Windows 8 for their ARM machines will be forced into a life of crime.

I would say Microsoft should be grateful for every extra copy that expands the win8 user-base. It will be hard to get people to use such a different GUI, and if people don't use it developers will be less willing to develop software for it, and with less software, less users... It's little like the same problem Linux faces, and have faced on the desktop.

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