Microsoft contemplating free version of Windows 8.1 for Windows 7 users

By Shawn Knight · 68 replies
Feb 28, 2014
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  1. One sure fire way to boost the number of people using your software is to give it away for free. That's the approach Microsoft is reportedly taking in creating a new version of their latest OS, tentatively dubbed Windows 8.1...

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  2. Jim$ter

    Jim$ter TS Booster Posts: 158   +32

    The more and more I use Windows 8.1 the more I don't like it...Shouldn't it be the other way around??...It still annoys me to this day. Windows 7 is stress free. I mean it has some nice features but should annoying you be one of them? Stick with 7 if you want to be less annoyed!
  3. Windows 8.1 + Start Button/Menu + Aero = Windows 7
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,886   +1,222

    I get it that the Chromebook is Google's move into the PC arena, but it doesn't run on Android and it's not as connected across platforms as well as Windows is between the PC - Surface - Windows Phone. I don't see the Chromebook ever being a replacement to a laptop running windows. I think Google needs to get their act together and pick an OS (Android or Chrome) before MS gets worried about that.

    I would think giving away 8.1 is to get more people on the MS services bandwagon. If more people are using the MS ecosystem it will help promote the ecosystem, both from Surface to Window's phone.
  5. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Guru Posts: 683   +253

    = what's the point of upgrading to Windows 8? I know, so I can put in my credit card number and buy app after app and store my data in the cloud and get blasted with adverts. Wow, now I realize what a fool I've been and what I have been missing.

    Windows 8 free? Oh God yes, but oh Hell No! Still don't want it. It's a gateway to nickel and dime my @$$ to death. Thanks but no thanks.

    Another thought has just occurred to me. Even if Windows 9 fixes all of the UI issues that are present in Windows 8, it won't change Microsofts underlying goal. And that is that the operating system has simply become a gateway to nickel and dime the consumer to death. That's the way they are viewing it now I think. Giving Windows 8 away has made this so perfectly clear to me. Hmmmm.........well, the last good operating system may have already been released. Sad.
  6. Guest17

    Guest17 TS Enthusiast Posts: 92   +37

    I bought a desktop with W8 installed, then downgraded to W7 Pro. Nothing MS says or does will inspire me to upgrade my downgrade. I also have a laptop with W8 running under StartIsBack and I never ever engage the Metro UI. MS still doesn't get how loathe people are to adopt and accept W8.
  7. I thought they wanted to eliminate WinXP users, they're the one's who ought to be offered the free upgrade. :)
  8. I stayed on the Win 8 ship from General Release to Dec. 2013 when I went back to Win 7. So I have a Win 8 Pro w/Media Centre licence unused. Think it shows even if MS gives it away for free there will be those that won't have a use for it.
  9. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Guru Posts: 683   +253

    That's a good point. They have just reduced the price of Windows 8 from $50 to $15 to OEMs who make devices that cost $250.00 or less. Now, they are contemplating giving away Windows 8 free to Windows 7 users. Add it all up, and, as many have already predicted, their smartest move would be simply give Windows 8 away free to everybody. And all "future" operating systems since this is what Google has done with their Chromebooks. And then make all their real money on the royalities from selling "apps" and "services". Microsoft simply can't compete with "free" which is what Google OS is. FREE! No price to get in the door. Stick the customer for everything they got once they are. Very smart moves.

    Who in the hell wants to pay for permission to pay for apps? I guess the same crowd that paid $50 to pay $20 a month to blizzard. It's not something I ever wanted to do.

    But yeah, Microsofts only real choice is to give away their gateway OS to apps for free moving forward. That's all their operating system has become. A gateway to apps and services.
  10. No thanks.
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  11. You completely missed his point. It's not about exchanging goods for money, it's about MS leveraging what should be a neutral OS into a platform for selling their own products, or making a % off of the sale of other's products. Turning the PC desktop into a MS outlet mall.
    Darth Shiv and Raoul Duke like this.
  12. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Guru Posts: 683   +253

    Bingo!!!!! :)
  13. darkzelda

    darkzelda TS Evangelist Posts: 302   +107

    I just got an hybrid pc-tablet with windows 8 and now I understand what's the point with this operating system, it's great, fast and a incredibly versatile. If you want a reason to get Windows 8 over 7, it's faster, doesn't use as much resources, and if the metro interface doesn't like you, just don't use it, its that simple, besides if used correctly, windows 8 can be more productive than 7.
  14. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Give it for free and I will be happy.
    Auth3ntic0 likes this.
  15. Why do people complain so much when it is not much different. I see the Metro screen about once a week.
  16. I jus found out that on my win8.1 I cannot right click and "forget network" :oops:
  17. I'd like to try 8.1 for free on my 12" notebook, if I can roll back to 7 like I did with 8. But I will stick with 7 Ultimate on the desktop.
  18. raybk

    raybk TS Rookie Posts: 31

    Free? I don't care!
    I won't "downgrade" to Windows 8!
  19. raybk

    raybk TS Rookie Posts: 31

    Why I consider it as "downgrade"?
    I and my colleagues were changed to use Windows 8 at work last year. After several months, it was proved that our productivity plummetted sharply. Thus, our company rolled back to Windows 7.
  20. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,867   +1,286

    "That’s the approach Microsoft is reportedly taking in creating a new version of their latest OS, tentatively dubbed Windows 8.1 <I>with Bing.</I>"

    Ha ha ha ha ha!! They found a way make sure they can't even GIVE it away!
    Darth Shiv likes this.
  21. major reason I went back to 7, this perversion of the OS makes me so mad I won't touch it
  22. I still don't want that turd even if it's free
  23. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,283   +242

    Actually, I like this "rumored/contemplated free windows OS".
    however, my own idea is like this: a free or very low cost windows OS core, add-on media center for about 5$ (added to core $), add-on pro pack for about 5$ (added to core $), enterprise full pack 100$.
    (3 x windows 8.1 pro x64; concurrent user of 1 x windows vista sp2 x86, 3 x windows 7 home premium x64.)
  24. Saintnsinner

    Saintnsinner TS Rookie Posts: 56   +11

    They could offer to pay me and I wouldn't use it. I bought my daughter a new laptop for Christmas and within two weeks she gave it back to me and asked me to install windows 7 on it. Windows 8 was just not an intuitive step from Windows 7. It was like trying to draw a picture with your weak hand. It just felt awkward and was unproductive.
  25. bexwhitt

    bexwhitt TS Guru Posts: 354   +70

    I quite like the flat cleaner look of 8/8.1 but it still needs the start menu back

    The explorer ribbon is sweet

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