Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Aug 2015 23:18 UTC
Windows This hit the news yesterday.

Microsoft released Windows 10 four weeks ago today, and now the company is providing a fresh update on its upgrade figures. 14 million machines had been upgraded to Windows 10 within 24 hours of the operating system release last month, and that figure has now risen to more than 75 million in just four weeks.

As somebody who uses Windows every day, and who upgraded to Windows 10 a few weeks before it was released, let me make a statement about all the positive Windows 10 reviews that not everyone is going to like. There are only two reasons Windows 10 is getting positive reviews. First, because it's free. This one's a given. Second, and more importantly: Windows 10 is getting positive reviews because none of the reviewers have forced themselves to use nothing but Metro applications.

Here's the cold and harsh truth as I see it: despite all the promises, Metro applications are still complete and utter garbage. Let me explain why.

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Thom is wrong again.
by allanregistos on Fri 28th Aug 2015 04:47 UTC
allanregistos
Member since:
2011-02-10

First, because it's free.


Again, it is _not_ free. Do not confuse it with free operating systems such as Linux. Windows is not free. Period.
It was offered only as a "no cost" upgrade to existing Windows 7 genuine users who actually bought Windows in the first place in a limited timeframe.

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RE: Thom is wrong again.
by Lorin on Fri 28th Aug 2015 05:33 in reply to "Thom is wrong again."
Lorin Member since:
2010-04-06

Everything anyone says is right or wrong depending how wide or narrow the context, in this context it is indeed free for the first year or whatever they decided to change. Come back next year and look at the willful adoption rate when you have to pay for it.

I have written software for years and I for one have no reason to even consider writing any kind of Metro App, the overly simplistic apps are more focused on the Forest Gumps of the world.

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RE[2]: Thom is wrong again.
by Bobthearch on Fri 28th Aug 2015 14:05 in reply to "RE: Thom is wrong again."
Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

It's not "free" except as a short-term promotional upgrade for some existing Windows customers.

For anyone building a new computer, the cost is $100 for Home and $140 for Pro. Those are the exact same prices as Windows 7.

For anyone buying an off-the-shelf computer the price is bundled with the computer. There is nothing to indicate that Dell, Gateway, Toshiba, or any of the other major OEMs are paying less for Windows 10 than for any previous Windows version.

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RE: Thom is wrong again.
by kurkosdr on Fri 28th Aug 2015 18:58 in reply to "Thom is wrong again."
kurkosdr Member since:
2011-04-11

"First, because it's free.


Again, it is _not_ free. Do not confuse it with free operating systems such as Linux. Windows is not free. Period.
It was offered only as a "no cost" upgrade to existing Windows 7 genuine users who actually bought Windows in the first place in a limited timeframe.
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It is free. When most normal people say an object is "free", they mean free of cost. Objects are not people to be "free as in freedom" or "enslaved".

When most people hear the word "free", they don't think of 4 random sentences some neckbeard with an axe to grind wrote.

#deal_with_it

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RE[2]: Thom is wrong again.
by Bobthearch on Sat 29th Aug 2015 16:04 in reply to "RE: Thom is wrong again."
Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

It is free. When most normal people say an object is "free", they mean free of cost.


It is Not "free of cost" either. Aside from this short-term promotional offer that's available to some existing Windows users, Windows 10 pricing is the same as the last few Windows releases.
Anyone who buys a computer will be paying about $50, the discounted price Microsoft reportedly gives large OEMs. Anyone who snaps together their own machine or misses the promotional period will have to fork out $100-$140 for a full copy of Windows 10. That's the EXACT same price as Windows 7.

It's also not "free of cost" if a user exchanges something of value to receive it. Privacy, personal information, their old Windows installation...

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RE[2]: Thom is wrong again.
by Lennie on Sat 29th Aug 2015 16:08 in reply to "RE: Thom is wrong again."
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

He wasn't talking about freedom.

He meant, you've already paid for Windows 7 or 8, the operating system isn't free. Only the upgrade is free and only free if you upgrade in the first year.

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