Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 15th Aug 2013 02:06 UTC
Windows

I know a lot of folks are eager to find out when they will be able to get Windows 8.1. I am excited to share that starting at 12:00am on October 18th in New Zealand (that's 4:00am October 17th in Redmond), Windows 8.1 will begin rolling out worldwide as a free update for consumers on Windows 8 through the Windows Store. Windows 8.1 will also be available at retail and on new devices starting on October 18th by market. So mark your calendars!

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RE: Upgrade pricing
by judgen on Thu 15th Aug 2013 03:14 UTC in reply to "Upgrade pricing"
judgen
Member since:
2006-07-12

It is free, it is just a servicepack from 8.0 to 8.1. Do not expect wonders, and if you have a developer account on microsoft.com you can try the pre-release out for free right now. The differences are rather small in my view.

URLs:
http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-confirms-blue-to-be-free-for-existin...

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2038718/microsoft-confirms-the-windo...

Edited 2013-08-15 03:15 UTC

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RE[2]: Upgrade pricing
by woegjiub on Thu 15th Aug 2013 03:18 in reply to "RE: Upgrade pricing"
woegjiub Member since:
2008-11-25

I don't own a copy of windows, though...
$150 is just too much, and I use a self-built PC.

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RE[3]: Upgrade pricing
by moondevil on Thu 15th Aug 2013 08:23 in reply to "RE[2]: Upgrade pricing"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Really? For how much would you sell software?

Lets say a software house that has 5 developers earning 1500 € per month, a secretary earning 1000 € and renting an office space for 800€ a month.

That is a monthly expense of 9300€, disregarding taxes, electricity and other additional costs.

So how would you price boxed software to guarantee a steady revenue to cover those running costs? Even on months with slow sales?

Microsoft being the mammoth they are, have astronomical monthly running costs, maybe they could sell Windows cheaper, who knows.

But there is a reason why commercial software costs what it costs and open source software requires subscriptions/consulting to be profitable.

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RE[3]: Upgrade pricing
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 15th Aug 2013 14:23 in reply to "RE[2]: Upgrade pricing"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Save $50, use the OEM version. I have that I have to have a copy for testing purposes, but I do...

Edited 2013-08-15 14:24 UTC

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