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It appears that Microsoft has signaled the death knell of Windows Phone. In its big Windows 10 press event on Tuesday, Microsoft has announced the arrival of Windows 10 to all of its devices, including smartphones, tablets, and PCs. The OS will scale depending on your type of device and eventually replace the Windows Phone OS used on smartphones today.

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Windows 10 undoes the disaster of Windows 8

 

Mouse-and-keyboard mode
If you use Windows 10 with a mouse and keyboard, the Start menu is back. Not just the Start button, not just the secret Windows key+X utility menu of Windows 8.1 — the real Start menu.

 

And TileWorld is gone. No more screen of big flat tiles taking over your monitor.

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Exactly. Apple doesn't charge for OS updates to their Mac systems. What gives, Microsoft?

 

That's a fairly new position from Apple (not charging for the OS). There are also differences in the business model, Apple doesn't rely on their OS for revenue, in large part because they are a hardware manufacturer as well and charge a premium for their equipment. Microsoft doesn't have that same luxury and OS sales are significant part of their revenue. Think about every Windows based PC sold, MS receives a cut of that sale through the licensing of their OS.

 

And by the way...the statement for most other products upgrades are free is patently false. Everytime I upgrade my Adobe products (major releases), I pay a license fee. Well, that was the case until I moved to cloud licensing and pay a monthly fee which includes all upgrades...so in essence I'm prepaying for upgrades. Everytime there is a major release of my OnOne Software, I pay an upgrade fee. Google isn't charging upgrade fees for Nik Software upgrades, but then again since they have taken over Nik software they have brought development to a standstill.

 

Apple has moved away from upgrade fees for their software, in large part because they make their money on other services and keeping you part of the Apple world. Google is starting to do the same thing with their Android One effort as well. 

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I talked to one of our IT guys about Windows 8, have never used it myself (use Windows 7 at home and at work - and work just upgraded from XP about a year ago). He told me that unless I have a touch screen I would see little advantage over Win 7, and I would probably find too many aggravations to make it worth the investment.

 

MS gets the OS right about every other time on average anyway. Skip every other update (Me, Vista, 8) and you're usually OK.

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That's a fairly new position from Apple (not charging for the OS). There are also differences in the business model, Apple doesn't rely on their OS for revenue, in large part because they are a hardware manufacturer as well and charge a premium for their equipment. Microsoft doesn't have that same luxury and OS sales are significant part of their revenue. Think about every Windows based PC sold, MS receives a cut of that sale through the licensing of their OS.

 

And by the way...the statement for most other products upgrades are free is patently false. Everytime I upgrade my Adobe products (major releases), I pay a license fee. Well, that was the case until I moved to cloud licensing and pay a monthly fee which includes all upgrades...so in essence I'm prepaying for upgrades. Everytime there is a major release of my OnOne Software, I pay an upgrade fee. Google isn't charging upgrade fees for Nik Software upgrades, but then again since they have taken over Nik software they have brought development to a standstill.

 

Apple has moved away from upgrade fees for their software, in large part because they make their money on other services and keeping you part of the Apple world. Google is starting to do the same thing with their Android One effort as well. 

 

<insert obligatory Year of the Linux Desktop comment here>

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