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    Default Windows 10 upgrades will be free, even for pirates. No joke!

    WINDOWS 10 IS coming this summer, Microsoft has confirmed, and will be free to anyone using Windows 7 or better. Even people who didn’t pay for it. That’s right, even Windows 7 and 8 users who don’t have a valid Windows license will get a free bump up to Windows
    10. The release timing and new upgrade scheme were revealed by Microsoft operating system chief Terry Myerson at the WinHEC technology conference in Shenzhen, China, Reuters reports. Microsoft did not respond to a request for comment.

    It’s a surprising move
    given the importance that Microsoft has placed on Windows license revenue in the past, and the lengths Microsoft has gone to to prevent the spread of pirated copies of the operating system. But the company has spent the past year reinventing itself in many ways, including going so far as to announce a free version of Windows for devices with screens smaller than nine inches.

    Meanwhile, operating
    system pricing expectations have also been changing. Apple has offered free upgrades to OS X since 2013, and mobile operating system updates have long been free. Apple can make up for some of this lost revenue through increased
    hardware sales, and Microsoft is trying this
    strategy as well with its Surface tablet/notebook hybrid and other new
    devices. But Google offers its Android mobile operating system for free, making money off mobile advertising and app sales in the Google Play Store. Microsoft may similarly see a free Windows 10 as the gateway to alternate revenue streams.
    The company now offers a range of cloud services, including Office 365, Skype and OneDrive, that Windows users may be more likely shell out for, even if they didn’t buy an operating system license. And even if those customers don’t end up buying cloud services from the company, at least they’re staying in the Microsoft ecosystem.

    Last quarter Microsoft’s revenue from consumer licensing — including both Windows and Office — accounted for only 16 percent of the company revenue, down from 23 percent the previous year. With Apple and Google Chromebooks slowly eating into Microsoft’s market share, the company could be thinking that a non-paying customer is better than no customer at all.

    The company could also be worried about leaving millions of machines running outdated operating systems and software. Unpatched systems can spread malware and viruses, and releasing security updates for decades old platforms is costly. Microsoft has been campaigning to get users to retire Windows XP and the Internet Explorer 6 web browser, but China has been particularly slow to upgrade both. To make matters worse, the Chinese government, which has long clashed with Microsoft over piracy, even banned the use of Windows 8
    on government computers largely due to concerns over upgrade costs.

    The move to simply give away updated copies to pirates could ensure that Microsoft doesn’t end up in the same situation again. But regardless of the reason, it’s certainly a change of direction for the company. And welcome news to those who acquired Windows through less than legal means.

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    They should just make it free for consumers and enjoy the free press. It was obvious that W10 would be free or close to free ever since OSX upgrades became free.

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    Not only that... they will be releasing Custom WP 10 ROM for Android devices also. It seems, they want Win 10 everywhere!
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    Really good news for us
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    idk,
    so do we go for original windows 10 or pirated?
    cuz we do use other pirated things too, and they wud like us to buy thoes things

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    Quote Originally Posted by aayman View Post
    They should just make it free for consumers and enjoy the free press. It was obvious that W10 would be free or close to free ever since OSX upgrades became free.
    You are wrong here. What forced MS to go this route is not Apple; it is Google's Android. Apple is just a small part here.
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    i smell something very fishy here.
    Just imagine the promotion as the following way:
    Think about ios or android. Every single user of either cellular users are getting the OS free of charges. But, as for utilization. You do need to root /jailbreak your devices in order to access paid or premium apps only alternative is to pay per apps. I think microsoft is following the same direction. In this century there is no point for charging just for the OS.

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    What's so fishy about that? No product is free in this world. Either you pay with your wallet or you become their product.
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    Default Microsoft Build 10041 Of Windows 10 Technical Preview



    Microsoft's Gabe Aul updated the official Windows blog with news that a new build of Windows 10 Technical Preview, 10041, is ready to download (9926 was the previous build). Windows Insiders who have subscribed to the "fast" ring should see the download very soon, if not immediately. The new Windows 10 release provides a number of new features, bug fixes and a list of known problems.

    Aul said in his blog that the Start Menu now has a transparent background and a fixed "All Apps" link that's easier to activate via touch. Users can also drag apps from All Apps or the most used apps list and pin them to Start. Microsoft also made changes to the Virtual Desktop feature, allowing users to drag a window to a Virtual Desktop. The company has altered the taskbar to only show running windows in a particular Virtual Desktop.

    "This allows you to better organize what you are working on. We are doing some A/B testing for this where there will be different defaults for different users to help us decide what default to use based on feedback from Insiders," Aul said. "We also added a filtered Alt+Tab so you only see the windows on the given Virtual Desktop."

    Next, Aul said that with this build, Cortana will be available on Windows 10 Technical Preview
    desktops in China, France, Italy, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. He also said that Microsoft inserted a new fly-out menu for networking on the taskbar, so when the user clicks on the network icon, the fly-out will provide quick access to the network settings (previously, clicking on this icon meant opening up the Settings window).

    Aul added that this area of the platform needs more work on the UI front. In addition to those new features, Microsoft has updated the Photos app, which now shows photos on the Live Tile that are stored on OneDrive. There's also support for RAW format files and new keyboard shortcuts to make managing photos within the app a bit easier. Microsoft has also included a new text Input canvas and updated the Lock screen with tips and tricks aimed to help users navigate Windows 10. Aul
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    For Windows Insiders, Microsoft has updated the Feedback app and the Insider Hub app with features requested by the Insider community. Aul also provided a list of top issues that are fixed with this build, such as issues that prevented Start from launching and a bug that prevented the Search box from appearing when the Taskbar was mounted at the top or on the sides of the screen. Other fixes include preventing the boot screen from loading and a bug that provides grey thumbnails in the Photos App's Collection view.

    Aul also posted a long list of known issues that accompany this new build. This list includes possible broken Mail, Calendar and People apps due to a licensing issue stemming from the Store Beta, app install failures due to the same licensing problem, and several accessibility issues. Some users may experience a problem logging in and may be forced to click the "Switch User" button, type in Ctrl+Alt+Del, or reset the PC.

    "You might notice a chess knight icon on your Lock screen to the right of the screen," Aul warned. "This was added by the Lock screen team so they could tell via screenshots if someone was using the new Lock screen or the old one, and will eventually be removed in a future build."

    As previously reported, Windows 10 is expected to launch in Q2 2015 or Q3 2015. The company confirmed the launch window on Wednesday, saying that the platform will hit the market this summer. The upgrade will be free for those running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speed View Post
    i smell something very fishy here.
    Just imagine the promotion as the following way:
    Think about ios or android. Every single user of either cellular users are getting the OS free of charges. But, as for utilization. You do need to root /jailbreak your devices in order to access paid or premium apps only alternative is to pay per apps. I think microsoft is following the same direction. In this century there is no point for charging just for the OS.
    And exactly what will Microsoft charge the user ? Using Office, playing games, watching movies ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rawkill View Post
    And exactly what will Microsoft charge the user ? Using Office, playing games, watching movies ?
    Office is already a yearly subscription based service.
    There is rumor that microsoft will put ads on the windows 10 startscreen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shawon0418 View Post
    Office is already a yearly subscription based service.
    There is rumor that microsoft will put ads on the windows 10 startscreen.
    @Rawkill this

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    Quote Originally Posted by shawon0418 View Post
    Office is already a yearly subscription based service.
    There is rumor that microsoft will put ads on the windows 10 startscreen.
    GGWP People


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    Why drag me to a upgrade MS genius ?
    There are couple of factor involved,

    1st my hardware might not yet be ready to explore Windows 10.
    2nd I may not be a consumer of pro-apps, like CvP suggesting google is a target to bring down. I might prefer cracked app what so ever.
    3rd availability of using 3rd party application will it be still open or Microsoft gonna restrict us behind their bars to force using only their developed application or have joint venture or some kind of agreement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Metal View Post
    Why drag me to a upgrade MS genius ?
    There are couple of factor involved,

    1st my hardware might not yet be ready to explore Windows 10.
    2nd I may not be a consumer of pro-apps, like CvP suggesting google is a target to bring down. I might prefer cracked app what so ever.
    3rd availability of using 3rd party application will it be still open or Microsoft gonna restrict us behind their bars to force using only their developed application or have joint venture or some kind of agreement.
    1. Windows 10 is gonna be lightweight so I don't think there will be any compatibility issue.
    2. Pirated apps will remain as it is.
    3. Microsoft might expand windows store for non-metro apps, but they won't restrict 3rd party apps.

    Of course there will be microsoft services like Skype, Bing, Live, OneDrive etc. all over but you will always have the control.

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    Microsoft has issued the following statement in regard to upgrades for "non-genuine" PCs:

    We have always been committed to ensuring that customers have the best Windows experience possible. With Windows 10, although non-Genuine PCs may be able to upgrade to Windows 10, the upgrade will not change the genuine state of the license. Non-Genuine Windows is not published by Microsoft. It is not properly licensed, or supported by Microsoft or a trusted partner. If a device was considered non-genuine or mislicensed prior to the upgrade, that device will continue to be considered non-genuine or mislicensed after the upgrade. According to industry experts, use of pirated software, including Non-Genuine Windows, results in a higher risk of malware, fraud (identity theft, credit card theft, etc), public exposure of your personal information, and a higher risk for poor performance or feature malfunctions.
    source

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    Free update was possible from non genuine win 8 to non genuine win 8.1 via windows store. It's nothing new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gentleman View Post
    Free update was possible from non genuine win 8 to non genuine win 8.1 via windows store. It's nothing new.
    remind u, 8.1 was a service pack & not an entire os build.

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    Get your genuine windows 10 version now for free.

    Microsoft is giving away Windows 10 to anyone who tests it

    http://www.theverge.com/2015/6/20/88...ee-for-testers

    http://www.winbeta.org/news/windows-...1-not-required

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    Ahhh... People wanted and they delivered I guess.

    GPU performance now finally part of Windows Taskbar
    My probable next build: Qisan MagicForce 68 (Outemu switch) / Teamwolf Zhuque+ 87 TKL (Outemu) / Monoprice Select series full size (Outemu/Gateron) / Drevo Gramr 84 TKL (Outemu) • Logitech G102 Prodigy • Deepcool Dukase V3 / Thermaltake Versa U21 • Superlux HD 681 • Creative Sound Blaster E1 • LG 22MP68VQ • SteelSeries QcK • Generic executive chair • others TBA

    djrock please don't bother me. You are in my ignore list so I don't have to see literal poop.

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