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Microsoft Will Distribute Windows 10 for Free

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Hawkster, Feb 13, 2015.

  1. Hawkster

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    Some of you will have read about this, this is for those who didn't.

    The software giant announced the end of nearly 3 decades of history, launching its first free version of Windows. Microsoft recently unveiled Windows 10, its first update in 2 years, while announcing that a new operating system would be a free upgrade (only for the first year though) for users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone. Microsoft is planning to release Windows 10 later in 2015, but no specific date is set yet.

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    However, there were even more surprises from Microsoft: the company also unveiled its headset, Hololens, which will work with Windows 10 by allowing people to interact with 3D holograms, including holographic Skype calls. It should be noted that the development comes shortly after Google shut down the development phase of Google Glass, its online-enabled headset.

    The industry observers point out that the decision to distribute Windows 10 for free marks a major shift for Microsoft, because the company has always made most of its profits from selling its OS ? Bill Gates launched its first version, Windows 1, back in 1985. Although the company does not provide specific figures for Windows? revenues anymore, it is known that they were eclipsed by its Office suite of services in 2013.

    Microsoft still dominates the market of personal computers, but loses to Google?s Android and Apple?s iOS in mobile computing. The company was previously called to offer its operating system for free in order to outrun its rivals, which do not charge for their software.

    Windows 10 will be able to run across personal computers, mobiles, tablets and even Microsoft?s Xbox gaming console. The new version of Windows will also bring back Windows Start menu, which was dropped in Windows 8. The latter, by the way, failed to convince many Microsoft users to upgrade ? the statistics say that the OS, launched three years ago, is currently on 10% of PCs and 20% of tablets.

    Microsoft previewed the new version of Windows to business customers back in 2014 and announced that it would skip Windows 9 in its attempt to mark a break with the past (or maybe just because Windows 9 could have problems due to being confused with Windows 95 and 98 by some software). The developer preview has been downloaded 1.7 million times and 800,000 pieces of feedback have been left.

    Discuss.
     
  2. BillyPart

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    Btw, I hate that whole "Discuss" thing. It's stupid. Like you are talking to a pack of dogs and we're all going to just start "discussing", pooping, peeing, fornicating or whatever else. It's a stupid "style" that for some reason some people never get the memo. And it's not necessary either. If the body of the post is sufficiently thought-provoking, the command "don't talk about this" isn't going to stop them, so what's the point? I think it's just indicative of how blindly and stupidly obedient and compliant people have become, to the extent that "just nobody" thinks they can tell a whole bunch of other people what to do, simply by posting a single word. Worse, no one else even notices it. It's "just the way things are" and we have to "go along to get along" and "we don't want to attract any undue attention here" and "Big Brother (or the NSA) could be watching", and we wouldn't want the people that have us under constant surveillance to think badly of us.

    Would we?

    Anyways, that's what *I* have to "discuss". I think people need to wake up and start recognizing the subtle clues and commands that we silently and unconsciously have learned to ignore and obey. Who IS this person, really, to tell everyone to "discuss" anything at all? What if we want to "ignore", or "have sex with the wife" or "beat the dog" or "take a walk" or "watch Better Call Saul" instead of "discuss"-ing something on command like a pack of trained dogs.

    Woof?

    WOOF!

    Anyways, that's what I have to say about that.

    In other news, I want to know if the free Windows 10 is unlimited in terms of time. If I remember right, at one point MS gave a "free" copy of an Operating System so that a bunch of obedient, compliant and under-surrveillance lab rats could work out the bugs and problems of the new Operating System "Vista" (that's why it is the remarkably popular and smooth-running Operating System that it is today, thanks to those people's lab-ratty sacrifice, but then at some point MS "revoked" the freeness of the Operating System and so the unhappy lab rats had to either pay for their trashy copy of Windows Vista (beta), or go back to XP, or (as in my case) learn how to crack both, just for the joy of stealing a few dollars from microsoft.

    As they say, "If it exists, there is porn of it." and somewhere on the naked interwebz there a short .avi of me whacking it while installing MUBlinder and stealing a copy of WinXP from MS.
     
  3. Hawkster

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    Are you for real? I was hoping for opinions and discussion on Windows 10.