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13. Re: More Big Picture Details Feb 20, 2013, 22:46 Quboid
These things can become a bandwagon and lose perspective, but there's enough hate for Metro for me to believe it's poor - no smoke without fire. Plus, I played with Win8 briefly in my local PC store and hated Metro. That said, I could certainly live with it if forced but I'd rather not.

My main concern is that a Windows 8 service pack disables desktop hacks. It'll probably take about 30 minutes for a new hack to arrive but you never know.

I notice the price is 100 now, I thought it was about 25 - I guess that was a temporary thing. That pretty much blows away any interest I may have had in picking it up next time I need to do a Windows install.

I'm sure they've run the numbers but I'd have thought releasing a reasonably well featured (i.e. none of that no background image changing bullshit that the budget Win7 had!) version of Windows for home users would be good business. Microsoft still dominate the home computer market, but unlike 10 or 15 years ago, they're not the only option and Apple, amongst others, should be worrying them.

Giving the OS away cheaply or even free means Windows remains dominant, ensuring they remain powerful and in a position to gouge customers with related products like Office. Perhaps offer an 8/month subscription to get support, anti-virus and cloud backups - for those who want it, it could be a good service. For those who don't (e.g. everyone here), we're still hooked on their OS.

At 100, that's an argument in favour of getting a Mac.
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