Microsoft No Longer Selling Windows 7 Family Pack

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rhsquad

MaxPC, why are you even taking the time to write this? Microsoft is not the grinch. If it says for a limited time, then guess what? It's for a limited time. This makes me want to cancel my subscription.

This is completely dumb. Nothing much must be happening in the tech world, huh?

 

[}-{Nick Breezy}-{]

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MarioJP

w2ed wrote:"As for the games, who cares?  Yes, I agree, if you're one of the 5
percent people who actually give a crap about the numbers or who were
unfortunate enough to not get a machine that's not
Intel-graphics-based, then you certainly have something legit to
complain about; most people I know could care less about this.  They're
into the types of games you might consider to suck:  Flash-based games
you can find on Facebook and NewGrounds, simple but effective puzzles
like Plants Vs Zombies and Bejeweled 2 from Popcap Games, etc.  Yes,
there's still a few die-hard geeks I know who play the harder stuff,
but with most of the software for PCs also being ported to or already
on console games (of which many will play over their PC counterparts),
the argument of games in a PC vs Mac dispute is meaningless nowadays.
 My apologies if I'm wrong about the type of games you play, BTW."

 

 

Meaningless nowadays??. I don't think so. Despite of games being multi platform somehow games on the pc are much better. Take a look of Resident Evil 5. Much better looking than 360/PS3. About intel graphics based???. Need to think outside of intel for once. This is why gamers build their own machines rather than going to a brick and motar store to buy a brand PC. Those are crap to begin with.

 

Good quality PC's comes from the builder. Now I understand if you not into this mumble jumble technical jargon crap, but I will say one thing about this though. It is the cheaper route to go if you understand what each part does and get it for a good price.

 

Well see if its meaningless when directx 11 goes into full effect. Dirt2 is one example worth the upgrade. Flash games are fun but not my true gaming at heart. In fact whats so cool about pc's is the only thing I have to upgrade in my case is the video without  replacing the entire system.

 WIth a Mac well your stuck. Sure macpro has more flexibility but no where near a PC. Though come to think of it Macs are using intel based CPU. So much about bashing intels based graphics now. You never know might see intel based graphics on future macs soon if nvidia keeps having problems lol.

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DarkHelmet

I got mine!  Hey, you snooze, you lose.  Tough luck.

 -Helmet

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jrocknyc

it gives me great pleasure to announce they'r egoing to do a 5-pack for $100 $99 starting Jan. 10. :D

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Caboose

 Proof?

 

-= I don't want to be dead, I want to be alive! Or... a cowboy! =-

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Gigabyte

Microsoft TechNet Plus Direct Subscription cost me $269. They have discount codes everywhere. I get almost EVERYTHING!

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/downloads/default.aspx

  I've been running Windows 7 Ultimate since August! and I can click on "Get another key" anytime I like. I've used 4 out of 10 Product Keys so far. 

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Member2600

so you can say they scrooged their customer base..

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w2ed

If I were an exec in the advertising department at Apple who just happened to stumble upon this, my first thought would be to suggest this to the advertising agency who employs Justin Long and John Hodgman, as it makes for great ammunition in their "Get A Mac" commercials.

On the other hand, if I were someone at Microsoft seeing this article, knowing that Apple not only sold a family pack, not only has been doing it for years, but at $49 has been selling it for far cheaper than my product, and I'm finding out that we've sold out and aren't making more family packs available, my first thought would be to yell at the twits in upper management who think that this is a good idea.

(Then the thought of losing my cushy job at one of the largest computer companies in the world would rear its ugly head and I'd slink quietly back to my desk, knowing fully well that there's some exec making more money than me who's a complete idiot at sales and marketing responsible for this brand of idiocy...  but at least comfortable and secure in the fact that I have a job...)

Being an outsider, though, all I can suggest is that ball-less, spine-less man grows a pair and says something to his bosses at Microsoft about this.  The family packs were a excellent idea, and they're only shooting themselves in the foot by discontinuing it.

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Danthrax66

They aren't shooting anyone in the foot if you have a vista pc and want 7 you will buy it no matter what the price because you can't install osX on a pc. And besides Mac's are about as useful as tits on a bull. You have to buy everything from Apple and they don't even have any good games, a lot of CAD programs don't work for mac. Hell if I wanted something like a mac I would use Linux because it is the same thing and free. Besides if you want windows just torrent it.

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w2ed

Quick question:  How many households have only one machine?

Another quick question:  How many households have multiple machines most or all of which are capable of installing and running Windows 7?

I'd probably figure the first number is smaller than the second - you'll probably see a few homes with more than one person only having one computer, but not many.  As for the latter, I'd say there's a fairly good chunk, consider the number of people who've bought or built new computers the past few years.

The reason why I compared OS X to Windows is because, from a business standpoint, Microsoft considers them their main threat.  Yes, Linux is free and is becoming a lot more user friendly, but there's so many distributions and so much confusion and alienation that it's too difficult to target.  More people are going to be familiar with Mac and OS X than they will be with Linux.

The average consumer does not think the way you do.  There's plenty of people who don't know how to torrent, who could care less about playing the super-taxing First Person Shooters and fancy-schmancy strategy games, not to mention the other games that really tax and try your system, and who only care about their machine working.  Yes, many of them are not going to go online, look at how much it would cost or how easy it is to build their own Hackintosh or buy a Mac - they are too expensive for a lot of people.  On the other hand, they do know numbers, and they can see a clear difference when they walk into a Best Buy and see that OS X Snow Leopard is being sold for $29 while the cheapest version of 7 unattached to a computer is $120 for an upgrade.  The sticker shock will go up when they find that they have to buy more copies to make it work on their other computers as well.

The argument's not whether (or how much) Apple, Mac, Macintosh, or anything associated with these sucks, because to the 90% of non-computer geeks, they could care less about the technical stuff.  They do care, however, about making sure stuff works, the cost of making those things work. 

BTW, your facts on the Mac is out-of-date - I will definitely agree that it's a lot easier to go to your local Wal-Mart, Best Buy, or country hick store and find software and hardware compatible with the Mac that doesn't cost an extra arm and a leg, but there are a lot more products, commercially and non-commercial, than what Apple makes for the mac, and you're not limited by Apple as to what that software is.  (Yes, the iPhone and iPod Touch have different scenarios, but they're completely different types of machines as well - and considering their popularity, good justification for the dictatorship.)  As for CAD,you may want to read this: <a href="http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=518459">http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=518459</a>.  Not trying to embarrass or piss you off, just trying to keep you from getting a written BS from someone who knows more about Macs than me and has less patience than I do.

As for the games, who cares?  Yes, I agree, if you're one of the 5 percent people who actually give a crap about the numbers or who were unfortunate enough to not get a machine that's not Intel-graphics-based, then you certainly have something legit to complain about; most people I know could care less about this.  They're into the types of games you might consider to suck:  Flash-based games you can find on Facebook and NewGrounds, simple but effective puzzles like Plants Vs Zombies and Bejeweled 2 from Popcap Games, etc.  Yes, there's still a few die-hard geeks I know who play the harder stuff, but with most of the software for PCs also being ported to or already on console games (of which many will play over their PC counterparts), the argument of games in a PC vs Mac dispute is meaningless nowadays.  My apologies if I'm wrong about the type of games you play, BTW.

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nekollx

 The difference is though that $120 Windows 7 can (and has) Run on your old Pentium 2. That $29 Snow Leopard? Better hope you have a Intel Mac no latter then 2007, anything else won't run or will have problems

 

So....$120 for a OS that will work with most of my apps and even starterhas "compatibility mode"

 

Or gample that the $29 OS will still run your app (some app only work with os9, or  os7 or tiger...) and work on your hardware.

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Mr_Histamine

Somehow, the fact that the family packs are selling out quicker than any of their SKUs, translates to an unpopular product in the Microsoft management.

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Mr_Histamine

Why don't they just up the price to $225 or something (essentially making it a buy two get one free)?  I'm starting to think, the only reason they released the family pack, was so they could quickly surpass Apple's OS-X numbers.

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nekollx

 um it's  been sold out for a good month now...hardly"statagisly placed"

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