Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 31st May 2012 21:25 UTC
Windows The Windows 8 release Preview has been released, so go out and get it, test it, and wax lyrically, or complain loudly. I'm installing it as we speak, so no word, thoughts, or impressions from me yet. Like it or hate it, at least have fun, folks.
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Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Fri 1st Jun 2012 00:19 UTC
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

Awful.

This is forcing the consumer so far in one direction I can’t see anything else but backlash.

You can’t even install free apps without a Microsoft Account, which requires giving them your phone number and address. On ARM platforms, you will not be able to install apps any other way than through the store. I cannot believe that this practice can be legal.

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by windywoo on Fri 1st Jun 2012 01:16 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
windywoo Member since:
2011-03-01

Why would it be illegal? Apple do this already.

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by Nelson on Fri 1st Jun 2012 01:26 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Wrong.
To create a Microsoft Account you need:

- Alternative email address
- Secret question
- Zipcode
- Birthdate

Hardly top secret stuff.

Of course, I'm sure you'll be happy to point me to the comment where you criticize Apple for requiring an iTunes account to download apps, or Android for requiring a Google Account to download apps.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Fri 1st Jun 2012 01:29 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

I was sticking on topic. Apple are no less worse.

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by marcp on Fri 1st Jun 2012 05:58 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
marcp Member since:
2007-11-23

That's what you "get" when you choose to use closed platform ... In a sense Windows 8 and iOS/OSX can help FLOSS word to spread out.
People may be so frustrated they would be more eager to try something else. However, it may just make them to install Windows XP/7 as well, so we'll see.

For me it's clear I will continue avoiding closed sourced, walled gardens for as long as I will be able to.

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