Microsoft Windows 10 Free for Pirates?

23 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Microsoft to make Windows 10 upgrade free, but not with pirated copy.

Now, the bad news: those with pirated copies of Windows who upgrade to Windows 10 may not be able to get other updates as their devices will still be considered non-genuine. “With Windows 10, although non-Genuine PCs may be able to upgrade to Windows 10, the upgrade will not change the genuine state of the license…They’re so determined to make a clean break with the past, in fact, that they’ve made an unprecedented offer of free Windows 10 upgrades for anyone running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

Recent reports indicate that Microsoft is in the process of tweaking its Windows 8.1 with Bing program — a subsidized version of Redmond’s operating system that’s been widely credited for bringing about a flood of cheap laptops. Meanwhile, Ars Technica said Windows 10 signals a new way of doing business for Microsoft, which charges via subscriptions instead of up-front licenses. “For this new modus operandi to be successful, it’s very important that Microsoft gets everyone onto the same common platform – Windows 10 – rather than a bunch of fractured, older operating systems. Windows 10 has been designed to make the so-called “Modern” touch interface less intrusive (I’m sure somebody will disagree with that depiction).

On the other hand, PC World said Microsoft could be trying to get Windows 10 a healthy installed base “to build up an ecosystem of modern apps and services.” “This is a difficult line to walk, as pirates could eye Microsoft’s upgrade offer with suspicion, and may prefer to stay off the grid,” it said. Every time it looks like the company is about to do something to make Windows licensing more sensible and less onerous, someone (usually in the legal department) gets cold feet.

To be eligible for the discount, manufacturers had to set Bing as the default search engine and MSN as the default home page on any included web browser. (The defaults could be changed by the consumer after purchase). But as reported by Windows Central, changes to the program now limit the discount to laptops measuring 14″ or less. (It applied to all systems before.) That means manufacturers will have to revert to paying the full fee for Windows 8.1 licenses on machines 15″ and larger.

Admittedly, with the updated Windows 8.1 , it’s now pretty easy to stay in, what I would call, Windows 7 mode and keep the Modern UI out of the way (if you don’t want it). And although many of these laptops were Celeron-based budget machines, they were still comfortably cheaper than their 16″ Core i3-based counterparts, which averaged just shy of $300. Here’s what Frank Azor, one of the co-founders of Alienware and executive director/general manager of Dell’s XPS line, said to me in a phone interview when discussing Windows 10: “When windows 8 was launched it was very touch centric, and there was a popular opinion throughout the industry that touch would be more popular than it actually ended up being.

Abraham, a Windows 7 user in Kochi, who also insists on the use of genuine software, said, ”I will first read the fine print from Microsoft, make a first hand assessment of how the new OS feels and then make a decision on upgrading.” Users like Manoj say that the Windows has not shown any great change ever since XP. While there were some 11″ and 12″ laptops that took advantage of the subsidized Windows OS, the overwhelming majority of systems were 16″, which means budget 16″ machines could see a price jump if Microsoft ends this program. Well, Microsoft may be hoping to convince the sceptics that it is time to move up with goodies like Cortana integration and the new web browser ‘Project Spartan’.

While it’s unclear why Microsoft would make this change, it could be that it wants to focus its attention on Chromebooks, the majority of which max out at 14″. And also some of that novelty wore off but a portion of users decided that they didn’t need it.” And a manifestation of that thinking can be seen in the new XPS 13.

As a result, channels are seeing a massive backlog of inventory, which according to a report by The Register, has forced AMD to hault shipping new gear to its channels as it waits for the existing backlog of stock to move. To watch the very interesting reactions from the experts, please visit this link: http://bit.ly/1AuTf8c What will happen when Samsung S6 Edge camera take on Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus snapper? While this doesn’t necessarily mean a fire sale on AMD laptops, any sort of backlog could lead to better discounts, especially if AMD continues losing its customers to Intel.

They just announced a very tablet-like MacBook (2 pounds, fanless) but saw no need to add touch, despite having very touch-centric marquee products like the iPhone and iPad. Here’s our complete exchange on the subject: The first impression from Myerson’s remarks was that Microsoft was essentially offering an amnesty program, as the company “re-engages” with pirates worldwide. Tracking the deals is a little tricky, however, as the amount of AMD laptop deals we traditionally see has been diminishing since last autumn, and this year we’ve yet to see any noteworthy AMD dual-core laptop deals. More can be found on this link called ”Apple CEO Tim Cook Tried To Give Steve Jobs His Liver—But Jobs Refused: http://bit.ly/1MwkDsW Here are two links from the same source.

The first one is called ”Biology’s Most Stunning and Strange Images of the Year”:http://bit.ly/19GA5a6 Windows 10 is the only platform that supports innovation across such a broad family of hardware and we are committed to investing in the success of our partners and supporting their development activities. And in Dell’s case, the cheaper XPS 13 version is lighter — which is unusual because stripping away weight (a very difficult proposition when you get under 3 pounds) usually jacks up the price considerably. Those upgrades are available only through volume licensing programs, and only VL customers who pay for the Software Assurance benefit will get the Windows 10 upgrade. Should you go the AMD route, we recommend looking at 15″ dual-core machines instead, which although scarce in the deal space, have averaged $200 so far this year. Not once, but twice, it refers to “the consumer free upgrade offer.” That word consumer, which was nowhere to be found in the January announcement, has a very specific meaning when it refers to Microsoft’s desktop operating systems.

Consumer editions, such as Windows 7 Home Premium, are distinct from business editions, which cost more and have the word Professional, Pro, Business, or Enterprise as part of the name. And they want to offer a friction-free upgrade experience via Windows Update, which will benefit them by getting their entire customer base (or a very large chunk of it) on the most recent release. But now the lawyers are busy adding exceptions, including the right to drag you into court if they think you’ve violated their licensing terms. (And make no mistake about it, Microsoft regularly drags people into court for installing Windows without paying for it.) Why do many boards leave IT security primarily to security technicians, and why can’t techies convince their boards to spend scarce cash on protecting stakeholder information? Back in January, Myerson described the brave new world of Windows 10 and beyond as a simple service: “And just like any Internet service, the idea of asking ‘What version are you on?’ will cease to make sense,” he said. If that’s the goal, then why not just say, “If you own a PC today, you can install Windows 10 for free.” Call it a one-time amnesty, if necessary, but get past it.

The introductory upgrade prices for Vista’s successor, Windows 7, were described as a “screaming deal” at $50 and $100 for the Home Premium and Pro editions, respectively. We don’t know how much Microsoft is charging for the standard edition of Windows 8.1 on more conventional PC form factors, but it’s a very good bet that that price tag is a fraction of what it was just a few years ago. If Microsoft is serious about moving to a business model where Windows versions don’t matter and the bulk of its revenue comes from services like Skype and Office 365 and Azure, why this last desperate bit of clinging to an outmoded business model?

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