said by BlitzenZeus:
They should offer it via windows update if they are smart, only RT devices have to use the store.
Microsoft should sell Windows 8.1 to anyone who wants to buy it and in any way they want to make the purchase. Anything that facilitates sales is something you would think they would favor,....
Still thats not the way Apple does it which is why I quasi predicted that Microsoft might take a similar route.
Along those lines the next logical step (when copying Apple) would be for Microsoft to make all future versions of Windows only available via the Microsoft online store as a download. This would make Windows 8 a minimum requirement moving on from this point just like Apple OS X 10.6.8 (or something like that). Not a logical move at all given that Microsoft has no vested interest in forcing such an issue unless you're talking about Microsoft specific systems like the Surface Pro and Surface RT.