Microsoft May Slash Windows 8.1 Licensing Fees to Battle Chromebooks

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maxeeemum

I'm surprised that M$ is worried about Chromebooks. M$ just reeks of desperation lately. They even have a TV commercial with the "Pawn Stars" saying that Chromebooks are no good. Just further proof that their claim of selling 200 million licenses of Win8 is seriously embellished.

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Granite

Oh, I don't think they are "desperate". I do think they recognize, in the Chromebook, a device that is competition to them. Any business would react to competition unless they are idiots and, whatever you might think about MS, you can't make the case that they are idiots. They make too much money for that.

Now...can they make mistakes? Yes, and they have. Can they recover from mistakes? Again, yes, and they have. Can you make the case that this latest move by them is proof that they "embellished" their claim of selling 200 million licenses? I don't think so.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

This must be Redmond's VP of Internet Trolling. He yields so much power at Microsoft that he gets to troll online forums for damage control.

"shrug"

ROTFLMAO

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legionera

Apparently you are familiar with the entire staff of Microsoft. It is more likely that you work for them or you are a late night service that is "servicing" each one with oral entertainment.

I suspect that you are a prostitute having oral sex with each of them, in case you don't understand what I imply.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

You poor, poor dear. I know how frustrated you clowns are, being unable to stem the tide of your abysmal failure. It has you trolling like little barking dogs, trying to scare customers into submission. You poor things. How sad and angry you must all be!

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maxeeemum

Well sure looks like it to me! And I'm not the only one. Of course there's also the question of how "Surface sales claims are being reported". But that's another story!!!

http://www.tulsaworld.com/business/technology/bits-bytes-google-chromebook-s-market-share-gain-worries-microsoft/article_6215c742-616a-59af-b62c-4421c7bd5c8f.html

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9246417/Microsoft_claims_200M_Windows_8_licenses_sold_but_how_many_are_in_use_

http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/01/microsoft-should-be-worried-about-googles-chromebooks/

http://blogs.seattletimes.com/microsoftpri0/2014/02/13/200-million-windows-8-licenses-sold-according-to-microsoft/

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legionera

I see so many people each day with Windows8 devices and even Surfaces. No, I am not kidding you! The numbers are raising exponentially, and the people who own them are not random fish in the sea without computer knowledge, or "forced" to buy it.

Maybe you need to reconsider your position or join Moose's fairytale camp.

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maxeeemum

Hi Ho legionera!?! Yeah I've seen a few WP8s and some people at work are "dealing with" a Win8 PC.

I see a lot of Surface One (1) tablets at Best Buy or should I say "Microsoft Store". Yep! They are about 50% off now and they still have plenty. They just can't get rid of them.

Have a nice day Bobby Brown!

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Don't your knees get sore? Ever?

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Granite

Somehow, you find those links indicating that MS is desperate?

shrug...I guess concern means desperate to you. It doesn't to me, but hey...I go by definitions of words, and those two words mean different things.

Oh, and as one of those articles said, MS makes most of its money on OEM sales, so selling 200 million copies of Win8 is probably a pretty good chunk of change for them. The fact that a large percentage of that 200 million is actually being used is even better.

But, does MS want to increase their sales and usage? Of course they do. That's why they are concerned.

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maxeeemum

OK if "concerned" works for you!

So Microsoft appears very, very, very, very concerned lately about adoption of Win8, WP8, Surface, XB1, etc. They are really really concerned about XP continued use despite begging friends and relatives to help get current XP users to upgrade.

This extreme concern has led to statements that appear to stretch the truth of things that cannot be completely verified. But this can be expected when this level of concern is reached.

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firefox91

Oh you mean those stupid anti-chrome commercials didn't work? Imagine that, a good old fashion price cut might do the job.

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neo1piv14

If I understand this properly, they're not slashing to cost of Windows 8 for those of us that might be interested in buying a copy. They're only slashing the cost for OEMs to license it. Which means that MS still wants over $100 of my money to upgrade to Windows 8.1. Thanks, but I think I'll continue to pass until I can get a free copy through work.

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wolfing

I was totally in the 'Hate Win8 it SUX!' wagon, but with 8.1 and the free "Classic Start" program, I'm just fine with it. I never get to see Metro. Now, I won't go and switch from 7 to 8 in my home computer, but I just purchased a laptop that comes with Windows 8 and I won't change it back to W7 (which is the first thing I would have done up to a couple of months ago)

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Lord, another one of these posts....

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legionera

Even your Lord switched to Win 8.

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jason2393

I'm already tempted by the ~$300 Atom tablets with full Windows. If they become even cheaper, I don't think I'll be able to resist!

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dbqfan

There is no way Win8 will ever be on any of my devices. Microsoft is playing the wrong game by forcing this load of crap on us. Why in the hell don't they just fix it? Metro sucks and I do not need a touch and swipe operating system on my desktop computer. I currently use Win7 and XP and have no plans for Win8. I will switch operating systems before I go to Win8. I am already looking into Apple. I always swore that I would never own an Apple computer but Microsoft is leaving me no choice. I am working with my software vendor on the possibility of a Apple compatible version. Have to wait and see. I just bought a new Lenovo W530 with Win7 so I should be safe for a few years.

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LatiosXT

Gimme a functional x86 Windows 8 device any day over a kind-of functional ARM Chromebook.

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Granite

LOL!!

So many people here talking about how crappy Win8 is. Meanwhile, MS is moving on and making Win8 more and more a part of everyday life.

It won't be long when all you Winh8ers will be like the old man, sitting on his front porch, watching life move on without him...talking about the good old days.

People passing by and hearing you will smile indulgently, shake their heads sadly and move on with their lives.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/climate_desk/2014/02/internet_troll_personality_study_machiavellianism_narcissism_psychopathy.html

Yawn....

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Blues22475

Unfortunately folks don't have time to relearn something that they had worked on for years. I also have customers who are computer illiterate tell me, "It's just confusing." That's odd given that Metro was supposed to appeal to those who are computer illiterate.

Yes, I was strongly on the "I hate Windows 8" bandwagon, but I am more neutral now. I still don't see a reason to upgrade to Windows 8.

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Granite

My guess is that those computer illiterate people...and the ones who don't have the time...will eventually learn how to use Win8. Let's face it, when they finally get a new device, it'll have Win8 on it. They'll have to deal with it just like they did back when they started using Win95/Win98/XP/Win7. And those who have smart phones already will have somewhat of a leg up on those who don't.

I guess it's your job to make things a little easier on them. You, of all people, should know that Win8 really isn't all that confusing. They need you.

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Blues22475

"I guess it's your job to make things a little easier on them. You, of all people, should know that Win8 really isn't all that confusing. They need you."

By advising them if they don't have time to learn an interface that they should avoid it (and opt for Windows 7 definitely not Windows XP). They won't just 'start using" Windows 8; they'll continue to use an out-of-date OS as opposed to updating to a supported OS (even when I/we recommend it).

The only reason they'll upgrade is that the software they use requires it (assuming they even update their software to begin with).

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Random

Everyday life? If you mean everyday life like the sound of the toilet flushing in the morning then you are correct!

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Granite

double post

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RICHARD RIDDICK

No one wants windows 8, period.

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Engelsstaub

I'll take it (if and when I ever get around to building a new PC.) I'm not big on Microsoft stuff but it does what it's supposed to do and IMO is nowhere near as bad as all the internet dork-rage would lead one to believe.

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Baer

That is not true, I love my 14 second boot time and I am very happy with Win 8.1 now. It is fast and very stable.
And don't tell me Chromebooks boot fast, what's to boot? Nada, it is just connecting, not much to do.
Time will tell.

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Mikey109105

They can make 8.1 free, and I still won't touch it.

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Random

Slashing a crap product's price by 70% still means you're paying 30% of the crap product's normal price for.... a crap product.

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bjoswald

But I thought Chromebooks were shitty and didn't sell! You mean people are pretentious idiots? NO WAY.

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Peanut Fox

The fact that Microsoft is even fighting Chrombooks is a huge problem. There's little reason for a user to choose Chrome OS over Windows. Save for the terrible execution of 8.

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glpeter90

If Microsoft would pay me $15 I might be willing to try WIN8.1