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    News - Windows 8 promotional pricing will end on 1st February

    Upgrade within the next 10 days and avoid the five-fold price hike!
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    Re: News - Windows 8 promotional pricing will end on 1st February

    I think I'll just avoid it altogether and wait for Win9...

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    Re: News - Windows 8 promotional pricing will end on 1st February

    Quote Originally Posted by Smudger View Post
    I think I'll just avoid it altogether and wait for Win9...
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    Re: News - Windows 8 promotional pricing will end on 1st February

    Quote Originally Posted by Smudger View Post
    I think I'll just avoid it altogether and wait for Win9...
    I'll second that Smudger!!

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    Re: News - Windows 8 promotional pricing will end on 1st February

    Oh dear. They can expect that sales curve to plummet then. They should have increased the promotion to 6 months instead.

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    Re: News - Windows 8 promotional pricing will end on 1st February

    Quote Originally Posted by Smudger View Post
    I think I'll just avoid it altogether and wait for Win9...
    I'd expect Win9 pricing to be cheap for upgrades from 8, and expensive for upgrades from 7 or older (if indeed it allows it)

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    Re: News - Windows 8 promotional pricing will end on 1st February

    I'm sticking with Windows 7

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    Re: News - Windows 8 promotional pricing will end on 1st February

    Computerworld raises an interesting point about the upgrade prices. An analyst is quoted saying that the current upgrade cycle is more about hardware, touch screens perhaps, so Microsoft offering cheap upgrades to Windows 8 is counter-productive in that respect.
    Unless Redmond's game plan is to use Windows8 as a trailblazer to get the required hardware out there for Windows9? And also function as an "extended beta" of the interface - especially as I've come across no-one who's regarded MUI as a step forward - at least for those of us using mouse/keyboard combos.
    Quote Originally Posted by Smudger View Post
    I think I'll just avoid it altogether and wait for Win9...
    Likewise, for me Windows7 "ain't broke" so I can't see a need to go to '8. Furthermore spending time with someone else's Windows8 PC (because it needed some software installs/configuration) convinces me that MUI I'd find annoying because it continually seems to get in the way of doing what you want. Sure you can drop "back" to the classic desktop but that's not really an argument for it is it?

    One thing I will say for MUI though - it strikes me that if you had a touchscreen device, or better still some Kinect style gesture/no-touch peripheral*, then MUI would be of benefit. Heck, I believe that to the extent that if I was Microsoft I'd try and do some kind of KinectPC at cost just to get that capability out there.

    (* touchscreens are fine in themselves, but a touchless/gesture device would be better because it'd offer support for larger screens and you wouldn't spend ages wiping greasy fingerprints off of your screen!)

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    Re: News - Windows 8 promotional pricing will end on 1st February

    I think they need to rethink their strategy to be honest. Expecting people to pay every few years for a completely different OS is not a viable long term solution. It was in the early days but now things have changed. I have no reason at all to upgrade from Win7 and will continue to use it until it is no longer supported by any software/hardware or there is an obvious performance gain, e.g. get a new motherboard that has features that are only supported by newer versions of Windows. I think they will have to follow google's lead eventually, by bringing out an OS that is free and updated regularly.

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    Re: News - Windows 8 promotional pricing will end on 1st February

    Quote Originally Posted by Smudger View Post
    I think I'll just avoid it altogether and wait for Win9...
    That, for me too, though more like Windows 12.


    I only upgraded one of my XP machines to Windows 7 a few months back, and I still have a couple on Win2K. I probably would have moved to 8 but for the Metro debacle. But if that indicates the direction of travel for MS, I'm heading for a different destination. I'm more likely to upgrade to linux than Win 8.

    At £25, maybe. Just possibly maybe. At "five times" that, hell will freeze over first.

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    Re: News - Windows 8 promotional pricing will end on 1st February

    Quote Originally Posted by James@OVIC View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Smudger View Post
    I think I'll just avoid it altogether and wait for Win9...
    I'll second that Smudger!!
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    Used it in work, and while I like the new file transfer features I don't like anything else. Worst desktop experience I've had the pleasure of trying.

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    Re: News - Windows 8 promotional pricing will end on 1st February

    I used it on a touchscreen device (Lenovo Yawn*, or whatever) and it was completely unintuitive. They seem to actively put obstacles in the way of getting to anything under the bonnet, which was frustrating, as I was there to try and get the blinking thing working for a friend.

    * Actually, Yoga, but you get my point...

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    Re: News - Windows 8 promotional pricing will end on 1st February

    Well Win8 isn't exactly friendly to individual system builders. Okay, so they made a sys builder edition available, but Pro cost more than Win7 ultimate. Plus - it was cheaper (and will be until the prices rise at least) to buy an older version of Win to install, then upgrade, than to buy the sys builders edition of Win8.

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    Re: News - Windows 8 promotional pricing will end on 1st February

    Seconded, Thirded, Fourthed ...

    Will be sticking with my Windows 7. Won't touch Windows 8 and will move to Windows 9 if Microsoft decide to stop following apple and ruining Windows.

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    Re: News - Windows 8 promotional pricing will end on 1st February

    Glad a took up the offer, yes I am running classic shell on it so its now like windows 7 but better.

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    Possibly - but with a Start8 add on.
    Society's to blame,
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