Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Aug 2014 12:36 UTC
Windows

Microsoft is planning to unveil its Windows 8 successor next month at a special press event. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the software maker is tentatively planning its press event for September 30th to detail upcoming changes to Windows as part of a release codenamed "Threshold." This date may change, but the Threshold version of Windows is currently in development and Microsoft plans to release a preview version of what will likely be named Windows 9 to developers on September 30th or shortly afterwards. The date follows recent reports from ZDNet that suggested Microsoft is planning to release a preview version of Windows 9 in late September or early October.

Microsoft is really stepping up its release schedule. Good.

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subscription?
by bolomkxxviii on Fri 22nd Aug 2014 14:12 UTC
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Member since:
2006-05-19

Is this where Microsoft finally tries to get everyone to pay a subscription for the OS? I have heard rumors but cannot get confirmation.

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RE: subscription?
by moondevil on Fri 22nd Aug 2014 16:32 in reply to "subscription?"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Any shop doing serious Windows development has been doing subscriptions since the mid 90's.

Same applies to commercial UNIX systems as well.

Edited 2014-08-22 16:33 UTC

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RE[2]: subscription?
by Pro-Competition on Fri 22nd Aug 2014 19:25 in reply to "RE: subscription?"
Pro-Competition Member since:
2007-08-20

That's true, but most individual users and small businesses haven't.

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RE[2]: subscription?
by glarepate on Fri 22nd Aug 2014 22:25 in reply to "RE: subscription?"
glarepate Member since:
2006-01-04

Any shop doing serious Windows development has been doing subscriptions since the mid 90's.

Same applies to commercial UNIX systems as well.


I can see why a dev. shop would want to write this off as a business expense.

But I haven't heard of subscribing to UNIX systems before. I tried searching for it and didn't find anything either.

Were you saying that UNIX shops also pay for subscriptions to Windows? I can see how that could be useful as well as helping defray costs if that was your meaning.

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v RE: subscription?
by hallux on Sat 23rd Aug 2014 08:58 in reply to "subscription?"
RE[2]: subscription?
by BluenoseJake on Sat 23rd Aug 2014 12:10 in reply to "RE: subscription?"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

1997 called, it wants it's huge wall of hate back...

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RE[2]: subscription?
by Dano on Sat 23rd Aug 2014 15:52 in reply to "RE: subscription?"
Dano Member since:
2006-01-22

That bottle of wine is going to age much better than you will. Every platform requires patches and tweaks as new technology evolves, new hardware is developed and new exploits are discovered and created. Operating systems are complex software. The reason people pay to maintain their Windows setups is because the platform runs applications that work well for them. And to say that the Windows releases are just a new coat of paint is just silly.

Edited 2014-08-23 15:54 UTC

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RE: subscription?
by bassbeast on Sun 24th Aug 2014 09:39 in reply to "subscription?"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

The rumors I've read say nope, it'll have a pay version and a "powered by Bing" free version and as far as subscription goes the rumor is they are gonna offer features ala carte so if you say have Win 9 Home but want Bitlocker or Windows 2 Go you'll be able to buy just the features you want which sounds REALLY nice. But the only subscription rumors I've seen is an Office 365 style offer for SMBs and corps.

So does anybody know if the dev preview will be open to all, or will we have to wait for the consumer preview?

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