Windows 8 Pricing Returns to Normal in February – Is $200 too Expensive?

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Navyspook

Windows 7 will be the new Windows XP. I will be running 7 for a very looooooooong time. I wouldn't take Wincrap 8 if they were giving out free copies.

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drcrazyrich

hmmm $200 for windows 8 or android tablet 7" ,tablet wins .l got 8 on my pc now but for 40$ that was an ok pill to swallow it had XP pro
and l added a start window old school style ,but we tried it on an old single core and wow it made work faster than ever did .If that is the case then get it now cheap and breath new life into an old machine! but not for 200$ ! May be MS is going out with a bang ?? l personally think it was too sin for 8 to come out yet but who knows why now?
btw l m keeping 7 on my new laptop ,if it works why change it :)

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jonnyohio

Well, if I wasn't buying it before, I sure as hell am not buying it now lol

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BoogerAmiga

Microsoft = Irreverent
That is right. MS knows this is coming, this is why they tried to sell the Win8 upgrades for $40... and yet the market growth is easily SLOWER than Vista.

But times are different from 6+ years ago when Vista was new. Microsoft owned over 95% of the desktop market. Nowadays, tablets and smart phones are REPLACING desktops. Internet market share is showing that Microsoft (mobile and desktop OS) is at 20%... its the minority compared to iOS and Android/Linux.

Even my girlfriend would rather use her Android phone for internet usage rather than my ipad or two Win7 notebooks I have handy in our home... go figure. So yes, Tablets *ARE* replacing the desktop for typical users.

As long as a person can get on the internet, they can do pretty much anything they want. Add a $50~100 keyboard for better typing, etc.

Goodbye Microsoft, you won't be missed.

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bpstone

Windows 8 for $200? No thank you. Windows 8 for $40? No thank you. Windows 8 for $0? No Thank you. Do not need it. Nor do I want it.

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steve771

Agree 100%. Windows 8 is the second coming of Vista, wait & see.

Hang on to your Win 7 DVD's, they will serve you well.

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BoogerAmiga

I figure... by the time 2020 comes by and Win7 is no longer supported by MS, Linux will hopefully be a viable strong general consumer replacement for MS-Anything.

Windows8 is driving me to use Linux. When my Win8 Preview expires, I'll install LinuxMint and start learning how to use it.

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PDX-1337

I don't see how Linux could ever be a consumer replacement to Windows. I love the idea as much as the next guy, but little headway has been made in the consumer side for over 2 decades.

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BoogerAmiga

I don't either. But look at it another way.
The majority of users are Android and iOS. MS OS marketshare is at 20%.

With most people moving OFF of MS Windows... and the need for a MS-OS device is minimal. With MS tossing out Windows and replacing it with Metro... then I think more talented power users will move to Linux.

PCGaming = weak, buy an MS Console or Sony.
Need basic functions and web access, any phone or tablet will work. ChromeOS books are selling at $200+

Only business need MS-Office compatibility... and that is also going down. And many are not touching Windows8.

So yeah, Linux can grow a bit - but consumers will be buying Android/Chrome devices... or for higher end, buy Mac computers.

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Trooper_One

I've been using Windows 8 since preview and I'm loving it! Metro is not that hard to learn but if you really hate it so much, you can always return to desktop. At $15, that was a steal! I've already gotten my maximum 5 copies of it and I might get a couple of regular $40 before the deal expires next week.

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PDX-1337

Why is everyone so outraged, Windows has ALWAYS been $200 for the retail versions of Pro. Nothing has changed. You may not be a fan of the OS (which I am), but MS did not discount Vista or ME either (not that I think Win8 is anything like those 2 predecessors), they just fixed what people didn't like or what was broken and moved on.

I'm loving Windows 8, people complain too much about the Start page, big deal, it's just a launch pad for your most used desktop programs and apps. Don't want to use full-screen tablet-style apps on your desktop, then don't use them, un-instal them.

Stop whining, you sound like a bunch of babies, whaa my start menu is gone, whaa it's different, whaa whaa whaa...

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Fenthic

You may want to check your facts again. Microsoft DID discount ME. (Upgrade was offered for 59.95 instead of 109).

Original MS Press Release with pricing: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2000/sept00/availabilitypr.aspx

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PCWolf

Windows 8 is an OS that nobody wanted & nobody asked for. Enjoy your Child Friendly Windows 8 UI! It's made for Noobs/Kids like you.

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PDX-1337

Whaa I didn't want this, whaa I didn't ask for it, whaa whaa whaa, get over it.

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digitaldoc77

On the one hand, I gladly parted with the $40 to upgrade my Vista notebook that was otherwise not usable. However, both another notebook, and my desktop are using Win 7, and I would not upgrade to Win 8 on those if it were free. I still am annoyed at the loss of the start button, but with ClassicShell, Win 8 is quite usable, just don't tell me it is an upgrade from 7.

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PCLinuxguy

$200 for Windows 8? I've played with Win8 and it is pretty damn cool, but $200 price tag for just the OS is not worth it. Now if they offered the full version of Win 8 at about $50 and Win 8 Pro at $90, I could see upgrading my one Windows 7 box to it. It seems MS is wanting to keep price gouging and have ever since Win 7 came out.. $100 for OEM and nearly $200 for ultimate? it should've been $40 for OEM and $90 for ultimate. I'd say even at 100 clams, WIn 7 OEM is a bargain for those wanting off the Windows 8 wagon: half the price but just as good of an OS.

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dedgar

Win 8 for $200???
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!!!!!!

Sorry, (snicker) couldn't help myself. Let me try again, $200 for win 8.

(snicker, giggle, oh god) BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

Sorry I just can't get part that. (snicker, giggle)

And for those that may think I am commenting without having tried it. Sorry, I have tried it. On my desktop I like the faster boot but that is all.
Metro? No, not even close to liking that. I don't have a tablet or a windows phone. So a touch interface is something I don't need nor want at this time.
I might have been on the side that really likes it if I had been given the option to not have metro. Yes, I know there are third party programs that do that. But I shouldn't have to resort to a third party program to do that.

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PCWolf

hahahahah!!

Windows 8 is a bad joke! Even if i had a touch Screen Monitor, I would not want it! Maybe on a Tablet when I get one, but Windows 8 on my Main PC is never going to happen!

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praack

no no no ..

can't stop - too funny

dedger is spot on- shame WH4usa( our resident MIcrosoft Employee) won't agree as he must be getting paid to point out how we must be amazed by this debacle.

I am already building my next machine - and going to put ubuntu on it- will dual boot win 7 only because of steam.

p

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BoogerAmiga

giggle snort...

I think I wet my pants.

Maybe WHA4usa is Steve Ballmer himself?

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miked6875

whr4usa
MS EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR!!!

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Orvtrebor

I tried it out, it's fine.

But I would rather have 7. (even it 8 was free)

$200?

Not a chance.

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BoogerAmiga

I'd still easily pay $100 for a Win7 disc/installation over a Win8 any day at any price. Hell, Microsoft could give Windoze8 away for free and include a $20 gift card for Amazon or Walmart and *I* still wouldn't install.

Its ugly, and even its "desktop" mode is ugly... its like they want to relive 1985 Windows 1.0 all over again?

I'm still building clients Win7 desktops while we can. The youtube video " Windows 8: It's Almost Not Terrible " shows good examples of what to not like about Windoze8.

Windows8 = Windows H8TE

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AFDozerman

Already upgraded. Love it. Works beautifully alongside LFS and BSD. No complaints whatsoever.

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PCWolf

Windows 8 was made to appease to Kids, Gays & PC Noobs. Guess it's working as intended! Enjoy your Windows 8!

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Fray

I hate that the stupid Metro interface in Windows 8 is inexpertly welded onto the perfectly decent Windows 7 desktop.

I hate that they have reduced the functionality of that desktop by removing the widgets.

I've done my best to avoid the Metro interface, but if my cursor goes slightly astray at the edge I get the stupid pop out menu that I don't want.

I like that Windows 8 starts faster, but I wish they had just made a service pack for Windows 7 instead.

The whole thing makes me feel irritated with Microsoft every time I see that stupid pop out menu or want a currency, time or weather widget.

It reminds me that I also hate the ribbon on Microsoft Word. The old menus were much better.

Microsoft needs to design for their users, not for their marketing departments, or for the sake of trying to make a 'new' product.

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PCWolf

I agree 100% with this Comment.

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BRIAN STALOCH

I love the os, I think it's funny the majority of people who haven't even used it complain of it and it is a lean fast OS even if you don;t like the interface.. as for 200 dollars, that's a big top dollar

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maxeeemum

I wouldn't pay $40 for it! Might put it on an old PC if it was free!

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Meat_Juice

Tried Win 8 Pro. Went back to 7 Pro after 1 week. Even with Start 8 it's a sub par OS. In addition it is too ugly. My 2 Cents.

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Baer

You might not like the U-I but how is it sub par? It is lean, fast and works well.
I understand that you might like your Mac better but if you are going to state that it is sub par please state some specifics!
As for the price, I also think that $200 is overly high.

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Mungo

Windows 8, my hardware budget.

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MaximumPC_Reader

That comment makes no sense.

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Damnlogin

$200? LOL!!!

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PCWolf

Good!! Means even more people wont buy this POS OS!

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Sandwichpak

If VERY FEW people actually upgraded when it was $40 what makes Microsoft think upping the price by $160 will make it sell better?

I just don't get it.....I'll be sticking with windows 7.

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whr4usa

what data have you collected to suggest "very few people actually upgraded" ?

it definitely isn't going as fast as 7 but is faster than xp or vista was

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saffy

Well you have to look at rate of adoption and not how many copies sell...take into account population growth and technological adaptation.

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whr4usa

exactly.

considering how many more systems are operating and how stagnant our global economy has been windows 8 isn't selling bad at all.

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livebriand

The problem here is that the Windows 7 Home OEM costs $100, and Pro OEM costs $140. If those continue to sell for those prices while 8 goes up to full price, I wonder how many people will continue to buy 8... (not including what comes preinstalled on machines)

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Mekan

Hell I am doing them a favor by keeping this POS on my machine. No one will willingly pay 200 bucks for the metro ui.

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TheRyGuy

I found the $40 upgrade a very good option. I purchased it for my new desktop and my laptop. It runs well, and I've had no problems. $200 for an incremental upgrade...I think that's a bit steep. I'm glad I took advantage of the promotional pricing.

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whr4usa

8 is not an incremental upgrade.

Microsoft ceased their major/minor cadence with 7; even if they'd continued it it'd still make 8 a major version release

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DoctorX

bullshit...
major was xp version 5.2 vista version 6... 7 version 6.1 ... 8 is version 6.2....

It is a minor version, not major... if it was major, it would be version 7.0

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PCWolf

DoctorX is right

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andrewc513

That's ludicrous. $50 more and you can get a Technet account... It's a good option for personal use at least. The $200 Windows 8 full price kind of sucks for OEM builds and production use.

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livebriand

Actually, the base one is $200, $150 to renew. It looks like that includes everything from the XP days and up. Looks like a pretty good deal in comparison.

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whr4usa

subscription v. lifetime but yes I agree

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Xenite

Windows 8 is going to make Vista look like a runaway success.

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maxeeemum

+1

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