Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Apr 2014 23:12 UTC

Peter Bright making the case for subscription-based Windows.

Microsoft has already made Windows free to OEMs for tablets with screens below a certain size. Making it free to everyone but without the desktop would be a logical extension of this. It gives Microsoft the tools to compete with both Android on tablets and Chrome OS on laptops, while still not cutting it out of the revenue loop entirely. Desktop-less Windows should provide Microsoft with some amount of revenue through applications bought in the Store.

To this, add a couple of levels of unlocks: one tier for regular Windows desktop features (offering parity with the feature set of Windows 8.1 today), and a second, higher tier for Windows corporate features (offering parity with Windows 8.1 Pro). These could be both persistent unlocks or periodic subscriptions. Microsoft has already had persistent operating system unlocks since Windows Vista's Anytime Upgrade feature, so none of this would be hugely different from what's gone before.

The facts and rumours do line up, but honestly - free/subscription-based Windows is right up there with a TV from Apple when it comes to long-running, always-returning but never materialising rumours.

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RE[7]: No Thanks
by moondevil on Mon 28th Apr 2014 12:02 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: No Thanks"
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In Europe there are lots of local OEMs also assembling laptops.

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RE[8]: No Thanks
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 28th Apr 2014 14:57 in reply to "RE[7]: No Thanks"
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I kind of wish I was in Europe, but unfortunately, I don't think I can convince my loved ones that "local OEMS who assemble laptops" is great enough of a reason.

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RE[9]: No Thanks
by zima on Thu 1st May 2014 23:17 in reply to "RE[8]: No Thanks"
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Don't worry, it's probably not even an existing reason... ;)

I'm also Europe-based, in a neighbouring country to moondevil, and I don't see what he mentioned at all - it's all big brands that we know and love(?). And just to make sure, I checked (the biggest local comparator of online shops & offers); it lists laptops in descending order of popularity's all "big brand" as you can see; the few small ones (listed on the left, you can filter by brand) don't seem local or even interesting at all ...or they are of Chinese-made tablet+keyboard.

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RE[8]: No Thanks
by zima on Tue 29th Apr 2014 18:44 in reply to "RE[7]: No Thanks"
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Is this a German thing / what local brands are there? I'm a short hop across the Oder from you, and I don't see it - what's available are big brands, and that's what people buy (Lenovo, Asus, Samsung, HP, Dell, etc.)

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