Rumor: Windows 8 Pro to Cost $199

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

I'd rather use XP.

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pratikrawankar

No matter winodws 8 microsoft's most famous and awaited OS until people for its bloody build like DP , CP , RP and now RTM

199 $ to much high

but I am sure windows 8 will not be most pirated OS by pirates on bloody torrents , etc bz its not windows 8 honor

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Jeffredo

lol - you couldn't give it to me Bill and Steve.

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Lednaara

So Windows XP counts for upgrading, guess I better pick up a copy or two for 40 bucks and hang on to it for when they fix it. Vista got better after the first service pack. Hopefully this will too. Of course if Valve ever gets steam going on GNU/Linux and some decent games come over, I'll cease to need Windows at all.

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iheartpcs

Fact: Windows 8 Pro to not cost a cent.

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Caboose

Watch out, we've got a badass (pirate) here!

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iheartpcs

Are you referring to yourself? I'm simply not going to buy it. You shouldn't randomly defame people you know nothing about.

You really think software pirates are badass?

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sallystudios

http://i.qkme.me/eb6.jpg

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Not even if they paid me.

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Engelsstaub

I just paid $20 for Mountain Lion. Created a bootable USB thumb drive as well...probably not as slick or "fast" as that cutting edge-disc in the retail package for Windows 8 though ;)

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SodaAnt

Just the apple tax costs a lot more than $200 in most cases. You might have a point if OS X was available on anything other than apple hardware, but as long as they charge $300 more than a PC manufacturer for a laptop with the same specs, they can afford to give the OS away for almost nothing.

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kevaskous

they do use IPS-S panels in their laptops, most PC companies, if not all to my knowledge, do not, that is a big part of it's cost there, plus the casing itself an't cheap and does help it's cooling which would otherwise not be functional enough to work, and even still often doesn't.

I hate Apple, but just food for thought is all.

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Engelsstaub

No argument. The hardware is sometimes even more than 300 bucks more for a comparable PC.

To be honest I'm sick of the yearly new-OS shit from Apple. Two to three years should be the norm for major OS upgrades IMO.

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Peanut Fox

Does Apple pack worth while features that would make a person want to go for an upgrade every year? What was the deciding factor that made it a value proposition?

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Engelsstaub

The short answer to your first question in all honesty and IMO is "no." There's not really that many big features that have been added since Snow Leopard (which is lightweight and rocks. My brother refuses to upgrade from it until he has to.) They did add FileVault 2 in Lion which is full-disk encryption. That's BitLocker for OS X, basically. That alone was a better value than Win7 Ultimate's asking price for the same feature.

For me I just figured "hey it's twenty bucks. I can stay on top of things for a reasonable price." ...but I won't lie to you: Lion and MtLion have been a pain in my ass initially. I've had to do clean installs of both to get them working properly on my MBP. Always something broken when I do an over-the-top install...pisses me off and doesn't make me a true believer in the fabled "it just works" dogma.

I have a PC and a Mac. I spend the most time on my Mac because of the software I use. Windows and OS X both have their pros and cons. (Windows biggest pro right now is gaming.) When people ask me which I would recommend it's always based on what I know about them and which one I think they would prefer personally. I'm no evangelist. A computer's a computer and I can get stuff done on any platform. I've even recommended Ubuntu to some people who solicited my advice.

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Peanut Fox

What you said made me realize that I hadn't really herd much from Apple in terms of new desktop software. While I don't follow the platform closely I like to imagine I have a general idea of whats going on. In fact it's been pretty quiet for the most part since Snow Leopard and Time Machine.

There are clear differences between how Microsoft and Apple do OS releases. The changes and benefits/detriments are much more obvious on Windows. There's a big difference between XP, Vista, 7, and 8. Because Microsoft only offers you a software upgrade, and Apples sales you a complete boxed system could be the reason for the varied approach.

Lastly. I edited that post twice because I didn't want to come off as trolling. I was genuinely interested on your take. While I mostly use Windows with a small bit of Linux. Though I freely admit that if Windows didn't work for my desktop needs I'd be using OSX as Linux doesn't have good enough application support.

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AzMonguse

I find that like many Win8 is at best a joke what I tried does not impress me at all. As for not being able to install from an upgrade disk - that's what they said about Win7 too - I have 4 upgrade copies for my systems all have had the OS installed on clean drives - it was simple use the 64bit upgrade disk and it will do a clean install on anew hard drive no problem will Win8 no way to know till someone tries.

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Scatter

They seem to be pretty desperate to get people to buy this train wreck of an OS.

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bensen408

There are going to be a bunch of people who buy Windows8, install it, and then when they start touching their screen get pissed when nothing happens.

Yeah folks, sure it's a touch screen interface but you have to buy a touchscreen monitor too!

More money I don't need to spend.

Stop touching your screen and go back to touching your girlfriend... boyfriend... husband... wife... whatever... or yourself...

You'll be glad you did. :-)

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Wingzero_x

You're giving people too much credit. It's common knowledge most people can't install anything beyond smiley's.

Also couldn't agree more about touching the screen. I hate when some asshole touches my screen, and get's their grime all over it! My biggest gripe about tablets and smartphones is because they get all grimy looking after just a few minutes! Fortunately Windows 8 actually works quite well using a mouse and keyboard.

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Scatter

You know what, when I'm sitting in front of my desk browsing the web, playing games, especially writing an email or anything else I don't want to be reaching out forward. That would be annoying and tiring for more than a minute or so. A touch screen is fine for a tablet or a phone but I think it would suck on a normal PC.

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don2041

You have to lay the moniter flat on your desk and stand over it until your back aches!

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bensen408

If I buy the upgrade (which isn't likely) do I have to activate it now or can I sit on it until the first or second service pack ships and then activate it?

If I do upgrade and I hate it as much as I expect I will, can I reinstall my existing OEM Win7 Ultimate and reuse my existing key?

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maxeeemum

LOL! Windows 8 will be the biggest failure to date for M$. Worse than ME and Vista! Windows 9 will come out before XP expires!

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T3RR0RH4WK

Can anyone verify yet whether the AMD FX improvements really will happen with Windows 8? I know the first FX chips had a different style of architecture, but AMD and a lot of other people also said that the OS had a bit to do with it, too. I know for a fact that FX chips run amazingly well on Linux, but that's another story...

So can anyone say for sure whether an FX CPU will run more efficiently on Windows 8, and take better advantage of everything, orrrrrrrrr not...?

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abowlofsoda

I for one will be buying quite a few of the discount full versions and ebaying them after the price jumps up.

The OS isn't bad at all. Its super fast and fluid. But then again I have a modern system so it makes sense to me to upgrade. On the consumer preview the multitasking windows weren't very friendly but I'm not seeing the problem now. I could care less about that Start orb lol.. the functionality is still there its just different.
You can click desktop and stay there if you want to.

The response seems so melodramic to me. I was fond of Vista too tho after the first SP. Before that copying was a nightmare.

For now I been running Win8 in a VM. I stay in it throughout the day being productive. My muscle memory isn't used to the corners and I'm not sure I like that functionality but I do see theres already a hack to remove it (as well as put back the Start orb).

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Scatter

I think that you'll find a larger market buying up Windows 7 licenses and then reselling them once Windows 8 comes out and Microsoft stops selling windows 7 in retail stores.

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Xenite

Not if they even paid me $199.

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0ly1r3m@1ns

$200 for an OS? and I felt $100 was a rip off sorry I can get a better OS for free that respects my freedoms.

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Joe The Plummer

I've never used the preview (I downloaded it) but I've heard nothing but negative reactions to it. I hold out hope that maybe all of that is overblown. The one thing that will be aggravating is if there is no way to boot to desktop. I've been told this is the case. That would be unfortunate and I would not upgrade. I passed on Vista, I can pass on 8 if this is true. I would hope that a third party would create something that would allow you to boot to desktop.

Usually when they make huge changes you have to wait for the next release for the refinements. So this might be the change I'll avoid until the refinement in the next OS release.

As for the price, it sounds like they know no one wants it, so they're trying to do everything possible to entice early adopters to adopt by setting the price low and improving the TOS for system builders. Don't know if it's enough. Might be.

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Wingzero_x

Nobody can tell what is right for you. However I will say in my experience I have went from an extreme dislike of Win8 (I was one of those who couldn't find his way back to the Start screen!), to actually running the consumer preview on one of my main (gaming) systems. I'm rather enjoying the experience and can't wait to see how the RTM is.

I believe some people posting negative crap have never really given it a shot. "Oh it's different..It sucks!" What really gets me is when they say that Linux and that hodge-podge software known as open source is supposed to be the best alternative!

I've also think losing the Start menu is a wash with the Start screen. Seriously do we really use our desktops for anything other than to place icons or make a personal statement with our choice of wallpaper? No we use applications, and with the Start screen those applications can be placed right there! No having to hunt them down within jump list after jump list. I also continue to use an App Launcher gadget, (as well as a CPU performance tracker).

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JLloyd13

$200 for that piece of crap? get real.

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axiomatic

Been using Win 8 RTM at work since Monday. Its not really that different. However the whole games store.... I see what Gabe Newell is talking about. That thing is not to friendly to doing things "your way" as a developer. That particular aspect will need the Win 8 SP1 "we're sorry" edition.

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austin43

All they need to do is give me back my normal start menu out of the box and it's a day one buy :).

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vistageek

Same here. I had some issues with punkbuster in the beta and release preview, but I'm sure those things will be fixed. I just want my start menu.

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