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Octavean
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Microsoft Rumored to Release Subscription-based Windows Blue

Microsoft Rumored to Release Subscription-based Windows Blue Update in 2013

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Oddly enough, with the Windows Blue update Microsoft will stop accepting new Windows Store applications built to run on Windows 8. The Windows Store will continue to allow existing Windows 8 applications, but will require developers to rewrite their applications using the new SDK in order to get them on the Store for users running Windows Blue subscription service.


»www.pcper.com/news/General-Tech/···ate-2013
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Originally unveiled by ZDNet, the update on the Windows side, due in mid-2013, will include UI changes and alterations to the entire platform and pricing. We’re told that Microsoft is aiming to make Windows Blue the next OS that everyone installs. The approach is simple, Microsoft will price its next Windows release at a low cost or even free to ensure users upgrade.

»www.theverge.com/2012/11/28/3693···low-cost


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From the pcper article:

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In other Microsoft news, the company is rumored to be working on its next generation operating system. ... Windows Blue will keep the Windows 8 name for branding purposes but the OS will receive a new SDK, UI changes, and performance tweaks during yearly updates.
Users, correspondingly, will face new learning curves annually with respect to the UI changes. Developers will get the challenge of applying a new SDK annually. How lovely!

However, for me, this raises a question about what direction MS is heading with their OS product lines. The Verge article describes Blue as "an effort to provide more regular OS updates to consumers." If that means Blue is not directed toward enterprise users, one can't help wondering what MS intends for them. Will they issue a roll-up of all the Blue updates every several years, or will they fork the OS product line with both "consumer" and "enterprise" products? If MS plans on shoveling out Blue annually to enterprise customers just like consumers, those companies will find themselves needing annual employee re-training sessions thereafter... a cost/productivity impact that will certainly ring hollow for businesses struggling to contain their overhead costs (which is to say, virtually all businesses).
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The Windows H8terz are gonna love this !

»www.pcworld.com/article/2017367/···ays.html

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Instead of kicking back for a few years after releasing a new OS as in the past, CEO Steve Ballmer and his team might move toward annual refreshes, complete with user-interface redesigns, new features, and a lower-cost upgrade pricing structure. Basically, Microsoft will be adopting the strategies of Apple and Google, which cycle through upgrades regularly and often.


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reply to Octavean

In other Microsoft news, the company is rumored to be working on its next generation operating system. Codenamed Windows Blue, it will be a low cost upgrade for existing Windows users that will be based on a subscription service for updates.

Details are extremely scarce at this point but it does seem like a probable move from Microsoft. It does seem like Microsoft has been moving in that direction for some time now. According to The Verge in reporting on sources in the know, Windows Blue will keep the Windows 8 name for branding purposes but the OS will receive a new SDK, UI changes, and performance tweaks during yearly updates. The updates are due in mid-2013, and the Windows Blue update service will span from Windows 8 to Windows Phone (Windows Server was not mentioned). Oddly enough, with the Windows Blue update Microsoft will stop accepting new Windows Store applications built to run on Windows 8. The Windows Store will continue to allow existing Windows 8 applications, but will require developers to rewrite their applications using the new SDK in order to get them on the Store for users running Windows Blue subscription service.

»www.pcper.com/news/General-Tech/···ate-2013

wow mega fail



Kramer
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reply to Octavean

Like their lineup isn't confusing enough.



BillRoland
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reply to Octavean

One wonders how much more of Ballmer the shareholders are going to take.



BoToMaTiC

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By the looks of things, Windows 7 will be the last great OS from Microsoft unless something drastically changes years from now. If you read everything involving Windows 8 plus making Media Center optional and now their gonna raise the cost of Windows 8 and now this with Windows Blue.

Microsoft is so going in the wrong direction. I can see I'm gonna be on Windows 7 for awhile. Something is totally off because people jumped from Windows XP to Vista to try it out which spawned Windows 7 and most people that used Windows XP now use Windows 7 but when Windows 7 came out, you had that feeling it was gonna be a great OS. Now think about Windows 8 and Windows Blue and where Microsoft is headed. Totally different feeling like this ain't gonna work out from where they were before.


Kerodo

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Yes, they are going in the wrong direction... but they are because they can, and nobody can do anything about it. They don't care whether you like it or not. Let's just hope it all changes back to something reasonable in the years to come....



JohnInSJ
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said by Kerodo:

Yes, they are going in the wrong direction... but they are because they can, and nobody can do anything about it. They don't care whether you like it or not. Let's just hope it all changes back to something reasonable in the years to come....

They are because they have to. You can thank Apple and Google (but mostly Apple). Unless you can talk people back into buying new PCs (and new OSes) every two years (for thousands, not hundreds of dollars) instead of $200 tablets and $100-$200 (subsidized) smart phones, it's not going to go back.
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Kerodo

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Technology changes, and things move forward, yes, and that's fine. But they're going about everything in the wrong way and alienating millions of loyal users in the process. Win 8 could have been done much better and satisfied everyone, but it wasn't. Their mistake.

I'm not hoping for a return to the past, just for something sensible that everyone can embrace... It can be done, but so far, they're not doing it... We shall see what the future brings...



Woody79_00
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Well this is borderline stupid on Microsoft part, the Board of Directors and Gates need to get in their and yank Ballmer out of there before he bankrupts the company.

Microsoft...how hard is it to:

1. Build a stable landmark(OS) that will receive support and be sold for 3 years (Server OS gets 5 years) Both of these geared towards corporate or business use.

2. Release new versions every year for the consumer and smartphone/tablet market.

its a win-win..you get and keep your corporate base and add more subscribers, and you get the yearly releases you want on the consumer and mobile side of the equation.

How hard is this...corporate will kiss your rear ends if you give them a 3 year OS and a 5 year server OS

force this yearly thing down corporate throats, and they will begin looking to players like Red Hat that have LTS builds and tech support to back them, only using Windows for a few VM for legacy apps that can't be ported...

seems like MS is just trying to run themselves out of business...its just stupid on their part...its insane...



JohnInSJ
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reply to Kerodo

said by Kerodo:

millions of loyal users

who aren't generating income. You don't want loyal users. You want steady income.
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Kerodo

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Lol... I think ms has done pretty well by it's loyal users thus far...

Let's wait and see where this all goes... or doesn't go..



JohnInSJ
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said by Kerodo:

Lol... I think ms has done pretty well by it's loyal users thus far...

Yep, I agree. Even if it has cost them in agility. If Apple has reached saturation, and Android continues to be crap wrapped in shiny metal, there may still be time for Microsoft to "follow fast" as they have done before. If however the PC market is dead, then on the consumer side revenues will continue to trend down. Fortunately that's not all of their business, but it's a pretty big chunk.
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IMO, why should I pay for an OS?

There are several flavors of Linux out there that are very user friendly, and with Steam supports Linux, I wouldn't be surprised to see more people migrate to it.
I just purchased a computer that had win 8 on it. I know I paid for win 8, in the price of the PC.
I can see MS following Apple/ with low cost upgrades. They'll recover some of that money through their "app" store.
It's the razor handle approach. Give away the handle, and charge what you will for the blades. You'll recoup the handle costs several times over.

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JohnInSJ
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said by Snakeoil:

IMO, why should I pay for an OS?

You shouldn't. Use Linux. I use it for some things. Heck, I ran my laptop with it for 5 years when I was doing work that didn't require Windows or Office.

Of course not everyone wants to run Linux. It does require more effort than even OSX (which is *nix with a pretty shell) to run well. Some people are willing to pay for convenience.
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I've been using Ubuntu on my main PC for the last 3 years.
Now I have this new one, and I'm deciding if I want to dual boot or not. i may just use my old main PC as a web surfer, and then just use the windows pc to play games or what not.

When I first got into Win 8 [yesterday], It felt like Chrome. Meaning that I had to create a user account so windows can synch across
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JohnInSJ
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said by Snakeoil:

I've been using Ubuntu on my main PC for the last 3 years.
Now I have this new one, and I'm deciding if I want to dual boot or not. i may just use my old main PC as a web surfer, and then just use the windows pc to play games or what not.

When I first got into Win 8 [yesterday], It felt like Chrome. Meaning that I had to create a user account so windows can synch across

You didn't *have* to create a Microsoft account. It just made syncing to Microsoft services possible.
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I wasn't told that at the time, or I may not have read that when setting it up.



steelingbox

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said by JohnInSJ:

said by Snakeoil:

IMO, why should I pay for an OS?

Of course not everyone wants to run Linux. It does require more effort than even OSX (which is *nix with a pretty shell) to run well. Some people are willing to pay for convenience.

Give me an example because Linux seems to be much less effort to use than both Windows and OSX. Examples?


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said by BillRoland:

One wonders how much more of Ballmer the shareholders are going to take.

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8M6S8EKbnU

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Wow this is off track...

How about that nix thought of my usb transceiver for my wireless keyboard and mouse as a bluetooth transceiver, and blocked it from being used normally which just passed through the wireless keyboard and mouse which work perfectly without any software being installed as if they were wired devices including in the bios. As in they worked during the setup, but once installed in nix neither responded until I had to manually edit a configuration file to exclude a brand of devices from being used as a bluetooth transceiver using other intput devices.

This on top of quite a bit of advanced support lacking in nix in general as many companies don't support nix, however they support windows, and osx.

The yearly updates like the apple updates will get annoying, especially since many people are used to buying something that the operating system that should be supported for many years. With the extension xp will of had support for 13 years, they get major os updates once a month, and many programs will auto-update, otherwise will usually tell the user their is a new version out. I understand in nix you can update other software packages by adding the repository, or manually executing packages, however some people felt uac was too annoying to add an extra click, do you really think they will correctly sudo the installer?
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JohnInSJ
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said by steelingbox:

said by JohnInSJ:

said by Snakeoil:

IMO, why should I pay for an OS?

Of course not everyone wants to run Linux. It does require more effort than even OSX (which is *nix with a pretty shell) to run well. Some people are willing to pay for convenience.

Give me an example because Linux seems to be much less effort to use than both Windows and OSX. Examples?

SMB file sharing. Video Drivers (Nvidia - still need to run installer as root and have the source/dev packages for your OS installed so it can compile the driver) Cups printer management. Backup.
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steelingbox

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said by JohnInSJ:

SMB file sharing. Video Drivers (Nvidia - still need to run installer as root and have the source/dev packages for your OS installed so it can compile the driver) Cups printer management. Backup.

SMB file sharing is a Windows technology not Linux but still works for me without any effort. My proprietary video drivers are installed in one mouse click. Cups was developed by Apple for Unix and agreed needs some work but 2 out of the three things you point out are generally issues on remote machines not a stand alone workstation.


JohnInSJ
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said by steelingbox:

said by JohnInSJ:

SMB file sharing. Video Drivers (Nvidia - still need to run installer as root and have the source/dev packages for your OS installed so it can compile the driver) Cups printer management. Backup.

SMB file sharing is a Windows technology not Linux but still works for me without any effort. My proprietary video drivers are installed in one mouse click. Cups was developed by Apple for Unix and agreed needs some work but 2 out of the three things you point out are generally issues on remote machines not a stand alone workstation.

I'm comparing using a Linux box at home like I use windows boxes, and on my linux box to get Nvidia drivers (not the generics) I have to either be four point releases behind Nvidia's current driver, or if I want to be current like on a windows box, I have to compile it. Spin that how you will, it's more work.

It's not the only thing. I like linux, and use it. It's way better for ease of use/point and click admin than it was even 4 years ago... but it's still not anything I'd have my mother use.
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OverBurn

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reply to Octavean

All I can say is Microsoft must be trying to eliminate themselves, WOW, seems like a horrible strategy.

I will never ever pay for a subscription based OS, never EVER.



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said by Spoonge Boob:

said by BillRoland:

One wonders how much more of Ballmer the shareholders are going to take.

Bill Gates need ditch this idiot fast. First he ditches the classic start menu option in Win7 and adds a bunch useless bloat ware, pretty eye candy. Then he creates the crapastic Win8 and now this.


Michail
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reply to Octavean

All this Linux talk is reminding me of the late 1990s. That revolution never happened.



steelingbox

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said by Michail:

All this Linux talk is reminding me of the late 1990s. That revolution never happened.

Let me say that I use both Linux and Windows and they have their uses but this "revolution" you speak of has been happening. Linux is everywhere, running on more devices than you could imagine. The desktop has grown by leaps and bounds and will continue to do so IMO.