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http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/02/microsoft-announces-39-99-windows-8-pro-upgrade-offer-for-most/

 

I think this is going to be huge. I was deffinitely going to need an incentive to upgrade my computers from 7 to windows 8. Having it be this cheap might just do it. I'm going to download the release preview soon and give it a shot.

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Tell us what you think of that preview if you can find the time.

 

Off topic: You've changed your avatar.

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The thing I disliked most about Win 8 were the tiles.

 

@rridgely is that David Beckham as your avatar?

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My avatar is Sheppard from Mass Effect 3.

http://en.wikipedia....i/Mass_Effect_3

 

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I downloaded windows 8 and put it on my laptop. I'm VERY dissapointed.

Windows 7 is the best OS I've ever used. It fixed everything that was wrong with Vista and was rock solid. Windows 8 has the worst UI design possible for a laptop.

It actually took me a minute to figure out how to get to the control panel.( You have to right click within those tiles to get an all applications menu). Its really strange how its almost like you have 2 opperating systems installed. For instance if you change a setting in the desktop mode version of IE it doesn't change it in the metro or tile version.Who thought having menus that only show up when you hover over corners of the screen was a good idea?

 

The only thing I really liked was how when I entered in my live ID that my email, zune pass, and calendar were instantly integrated into the OS. I actually use MS services for my email, calandar, music, skydrive ect full time. It kinda worries me that I don't like this. I don't really see any reason for someone who isn't invested into the MS ecosystem to swtich.

 

I think this could be a pretty cool tablet OS, but for getting real work done its going to be a failure if they don't integrate some kind of classic mode.

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Here, http://www.pcworld.c..._windows_8.html next to last paragraph, is the answer to Nergal's question from that other win 8 topic, looks like good news.

 

Other topic: http://forum.pirifor...showtopic=35840

interesting

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I think this could be a pretty cool tablet OS

 

According to some reviews I've read it's supposed to be "tablet like." But if they go the "tablet like" route why bother with Windows at all - bet they didn't think of that one. :lol: I didn't like the looks of it based upon some screenshots I've seen.

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Just throwing info into the mix here...

 

https://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-windows/windows-8-contacts-cache-exposes-personal-data-192542

 

Windows 8 doesn't build its Contacts list dynamically. Instead, it keeps a cache of contacts from all of those sources stored on the machine. The cache persists even when the user logs off or the machine is turned off. That means anyone who can sign on to your PC with an administrator account can see all of your contacts and all of their data -- names, email addresses, pictures, telephone numbers, addresses -- whatever you have on file or whatever's been sucked in from Hotmail, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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well that's no good. my guess is that by RTM that'll be encrypted

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Since it is only users private data the encryption may be the simple ROT13 obscuration as used elsewhere in Windows.

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I will probably get it, just going to wait to see if Microsoft sends me anything. I have been doing a lot of closed testing stuff on it. I heard I was supposed to get a big discount on it, but then again it is Microsoft...

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How are they pitching all of these downgrades as an upgrade again? You have to BUY the "add-ons" that are removed in Windows 8? NO THANKS!

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I wonder if my MSDN account will be given a free copy of Windows 8 when it is released.

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I wonder if my MSDN account will be given a free copy of Windows 8 when it is released.

 

I imagine they will be giving it away as a free "trial" with the catch being, you have to activate it in 30 days or your copy goes kerplunk! Then, pony up $39...

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Well, I have an MSDN account through my college, and we've access to nearly every pice of microsoftware going back to 3.1 (sans office) for free, but I don't know how long it takes for them to propagate new products (if at all)

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I read about that too Hazel. I wonder why they are worried about it now, they have been using the name Metro since the Zune HD came out. (2009)

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Great link, Hazel!

 

As you all full well know (or should) when MS makes a name change, it's likely litigation that causes it.

Perhaps karma is circling back around, gawking like a hawk, & preparing to rush in for all the times they licentiously grabbed domains from hard working citizens... like Mike Rowe Soft for phonetically sounding like Microsoft?

 

:lol:

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Looks like Microsoft are back tracking on the fact that you would have to purchase Media Center separately.

 

They are now going to throw it in free with an upgrade it seems.

 

http://news.cnet.com...dia-center-too/

 

It may be a little different if you use that $15.00 upgrade offer. I just went through the screens for it, and found this on the FAQ web page.

 

Will DVD playback work after upgrading to Windows 8?

Answer:

For customers who already have third-party playback software, the Windows Upgrade Assistant will help determine if this software is compatible with Windows 8. If your PC is running Windows 7, you will have the option to keep this software during the upgrade to Windows 8. If your PC is running Windows XP or Windows Vista, you will need to reinstall the third-party playback software. Otherwise, you will need to acquire third-party playback software after the upgrade to play DVDs. Alternatively, you can acquire the Windows 8 Media Center Pack after upgrading. This pack includes the ability to play DVDs. link: http://www.windowsup.../en-US/Home/Faq

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