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Microsoft sets Windows 8 upgrade pricing

Microsoft sets Windows 8 upgrade pricing

Microsoft's Windows 8 Upgrade will be available for anyone running Windows XP or newer at £24.99 - a £5 saving over the US pricing.

Microsoft has confirmed that the upgrade edition of Windows 8 will cost just £24.99 in the UK, after an originally-claimed launch price of £39.99 was blamed on a miscommunication.

Microsoft's original announcement held only US pricing, stating that the upgrade edition - which takes anything from Windows XP or higher to Windows 8 - would cost $39.99 on that side of the pond. When asked by press how much that translated to in the Queen's own currency, the answer was staggering: £39.99.

Even allowing for VAT, which is applied to software purchases in the UK, that represented a rum deal: at the current exchange rate and adjusting for VAT, $39.99 is equal to £30.31 - meaning Microsoft would have been pocketing an additional £9.68 for every copy of the upgrade edition sold.

Following a massive - and entirely predictable - slating by the media, Microsoft has issued a statement clarifying matters and claiming that the originally-claimed swap-the-dollar-sign-for-a-pound-sign pricing was nothing more than an embarrassing miscommunication between departments.

Rather than the claimed £40, the official price for the upgrade edition will be a much more reasonable £24.99 - meaning that UK buyers are actually saving around £5 compared to those purchasing the upgrade in the US. Those who prefer physical media for their software purchases, however, will have to stump out £49.99 for a boxed copy, with the £24.99 pricing applying only to the digital distribution edition.

The upgrade deal is not time-limited, applies to all systems running Windows XP or newer and is separate to the previously-announced £14.99 upgrade for new Windows 7-based PCs bought between now and the launch of Windows 8.

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Bauul 30th August 2012, 12:53 Quote
MS really are pulling out all the stops to get people to upgrade. Given 99% of the PC world runs Windows anyway, they've effectively selling Win 8 at £24.99 to everyone.
runadumb 30th August 2012, 12:59 Quote
That's not so bad if you are on XP or Vista. I won't be upgrading my Win7 desktop but if I had a decent old laptop I probably would. Not worth doing it on my Netbook, piece of crap that it is.

Shame they didn't do a special release price like they did with 7. It was only £45
CrapBag 30th August 2012, 13:03 Quote
Now I would be happily paying this if there was a graphics driver for my laptop.

I used the beta for about 2 months on my laptop but got fed up with it looking so crap I ditched it and went back to... GULP....Vista a few days ago.
Jaffo 30th August 2012, 13:04 Quote
Pretty impressive pricing. Install Classic Shell and it's good to go!
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Originally Posted by runadumb
Not worth doing it on my Netbook, piece of crap that it is.

One of the annoyances with W8 is that the Metro apps won't work below 1024x768 which rules out most netbooks so mine will be sticking with W7.
r3loaded 30th August 2012, 13:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jaffo
Pretty impressive pricing. Install Classic Shell and it's good to go!
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Originally Posted by runadumb
Not worth doing it on my Netbook, piece of crap that it is.

One of the annoyances with W8 is that the Metro apps won't work below 1024x768 which rules out most netbooks so mine will be sticking with W7.
It's still worth throwing Windows 8 on there purely for the speed improvements though.
murraynt 30th August 2012, 13:14 Quote
I'm going to upgrade as soon as I can. If I can't get used to metro I'll just do the reg tweaks and run a normal desktop layout.
Nexxo 30th August 2012, 13:21 Quote
Epic value for money. I'm in.
SpAceman 30th August 2012, 13:35 Quote
Whenever I see how cheap it will be to upgrade I always get excited. I cant wait to spend so little to get a full upgrade.

Then I remember I have access to MSDNAA through uni. Derp.
V3ctor 30th August 2012, 13:40 Quote
I can't get used to it... I tried, but just can't... Win7 for me for along time :/
ya93sin 30th August 2012, 14:08 Quote
Can't see myself paying for the upgrade when I have Windows 7 which has been ever so reliable for me since I installed it.
xaser04 30th August 2012, 14:25 Quote
Great news, I have a couple of XP licences which I can use to upgrade to Windows 8. Perfect for my wife's netbook and her main machine which is currently running Win 8 RP.

Is there anymore news on this? I.E. Can I simply download the Win8 ISO (direct from Microsoft like the CP/RP) and install it directly or do I have to have XP installed in the first instance?
Guinevere 30th August 2012, 14:44 Quote
So how many computers can I upgrade for my £24.99? Are they sticking with the old Microsoft way of doing things and requiring one licence per machine, or can I, like with my macs, install the OS on more than one? (I think I already know the answer).

Basically given that I have two windows machines (One is a HTPC running nothing but XBMC, and the other is my bootcamp partition of my macbook for gaming) how could Microsoft ever expect me to pony up for an upgrade?
aramil 30th August 2012, 14:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by xaser04
Great news, I have a couple of XP licences which I can use to upgrade to Windows 8. Perfect for my wife's netbook and her main machine which is currently running Win 8 RP.

Is there anymore news on this? I.E. Can I simply download the Win8 ISO (direct from Microsoft like the CP/RP) and install it directly or do I have to have XP installed in the first instance?

It's an upgrade so a valid xp vista or seven install has to be on already to use it.

26th Oct an installer will be released which does the work for you. Also allows you to create a DVD or USB backup.

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stothiptonypE 30th August 2012, 14:53 Quote
What does it means?=)
[-Stash-] 30th August 2012, 15:06 Quote
This is a fantastic deal and exactly what MS should be doing to encourage people to upgrade.
Platinum 30th August 2012, 15:15 Quote
Any word yet on how to get Windows 8 if you have a PC with no OS on it? (I have a retail boxed version of W7 that I plan to move to my media PC)
murraynt 30th August 2012, 15:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by xaser04
Great news, I have a couple of XP licences which I can use to upgrade to Windows 8. Perfect for my wife's netbook and her main machine which is currently running Win 8 RP.

Is there anymore news on this? I.E. Can I simply download the Win8 ISO (direct from Microsoft like the CP/RP) and install it directly or do I have to have XP installed in the first instance?

With windows 7 upgrade you could do a clean install without a problem. With any luck this will be the same.
Zinfandel 30th August 2012, 15:28 Quote
£25 is pretty good. For that I'll just pick it up to test it out. If it's awful, back to Win 7!

Although... does it have adverts on your desktop? Because yeah, I wont be partaking in that.
gcwebbyuk 30th August 2012, 15:39 Quote
I am just about to upgrade 2 workstations to Windows 7 Pro - is there any way to get a good upgrade price from XP to 7? The PCs (and their users) would not cope with 8 unfortunately.
badders 30th August 2012, 15:53 Quote
Ouch - Still expensive for an Operating System ;)
Krikkit 30th August 2012, 16:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by badders
Ouch - Still expensive for an Operating System ;)

Are you high? That's a bargain.

How much are the standalone versions?
steveo_mcg 30th August 2012, 16:11 Quote
Much more than my last Debian upgrade cost... :D
Fire Strike 30th August 2012, 16:24 Quote
"Microosft's" Spelling mistake maybe?
adidan 30th August 2012, 16:37 Quote
Can't see me upgrading even at that price, very happy with Win7.
Platinum 30th August 2012, 16:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by Krikkit
Quote:
Originally Posted by badders
Ouch - Still expensive for an Operating System ;)

Are you high? That's a bargain.

How much are the standalone versions?

Other than OEM there are no standalone versions.
loftie 30th August 2012, 16:56 Quote
I'm assuming that since I'm considering this and an SSD at the same time, i'd need to install W7 on the SSD, and then install W8 on it?

The price is good, but shame it's not an OEM version price. I wonder what that will be.
aramil 30th August 2012, 17:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by Platinum
Other than OEM there are no standalone versions.

There will be a system builder edition (like OEM) for as "ms" put it PC's with no O.S. or for dual booting etc. But no price as yet.

You can do a clean install from the upgrade disc (format etc) but it only works if it finds a valid older windows install already on the system, with a new HDD or ssd you would have to install and activate an older OS first.

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tonyd223 30th August 2012, 17:19 Quote
I hear this every time there's a new version, but I think I might just be done with PC's. The android phone and tablet give me good enough gaming, access to applications that do what I want, and more and more of what I want is moving to the cloud anyway. I do feel a little silly booting up my PC just to play WoT...
rollo 30th August 2012, 17:45 Quote
for £25 i think most will consider the upgrade

and its a bargain compared to what windows 7 cost.
adidan 30th August 2012, 18:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by rollo
and its a bargain compared to what windows 7 cost.
About £40 IIRC when I preordered mine. Well worth it.

If you have a lappy or some ailing pc with XP though I can see W8 being appearling at this price.
TheDarkSide 30th August 2012, 18:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by tonyd223
I hear this every time there's a new version, but I think I might just be done with PC's. The android phone and tablet give me good enough gaming, access to applications that do what I want, and more and more of what I want is moving to the cloud anyway. I do feel a little silly booting up my PC just to play WoT...

good enough gaming? really?

anyways i bet you're in the minority on this site..
Guinevere 30th August 2012, 19:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by Krikkit
Are you high? That's a bargain.

No it's not, it's just cheap compared to what Microsoft have customarily charged. Things have moved on from when MS could charge £100+ for an OS and expect a lot of people to upgrade at that cost.

Linux is free. Android is free. iOS is free. Chrome OS is free. Software updates to consoles are free.

We're all used to getting updates to our free 'Operating Systems' and let's not even mention the free software and web-applications we use daily (Chrome, Firefox, Google et-al)

Now assuming you want a 'normal' desktop experience (and aren't sadomasochistic enough to go with Linux) you either stick with windows or you make the switch to a Mac...

Where Apple currently charges £14 for Mountain Lion, and offered free upgrades if you bought a Mac just before the new OS was released. Okay, ML was a relatively small upgrade but you can still upgrade a 3 year old mac to the latest OS for a lot less than you can upgrade a three year old PC.

It's just a shame that if you want a Mac and still want to run windows software you have to pay up twice.

£25 aint' bad for windows, but like so many I'm not going to be spending £50 to update my two windows installs when I have absolutely zero reason to do so, as for me windows is a purely a launcher for XBMC or once or twice a month a game or two.

I think I'll....

Microsoft Windows 8
MS Windows 8
Windows 8
Win 8
W 8
W8
Wait.
XXAOSICXX 30th August 2012, 19:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by Guinevere
Snip.

There's no pleasing some people...£25 is peanuts for an operating system. I spent that last night on Vodka that lasted about 3 hours. I'll get, what, 3 years of use out of Windows 8? For £25 it's a bargain.

Instead of running your XBMC setup on Windows (and then grumbling about the upgrade cost) why don't you move over to XBMCbuntu...it's superb for what you're doing with it, i.e., only using it as a launcher for XBMC :)
jimmyjj 30th August 2012, 20:22 Quote
If I could run a fresh install without having to load windows 7 first I would buy it...

It is perverse that you can not do that - why not let you run windows 8 on a fresh drive and then just put in your windows 7 key followed by your new windows 8 key?

It makes life difficult just for the sake of it, so they can kiss my as*.
HourBeforeDawn 30th August 2012, 20:36 Quote
hmm I wonder if I can just use a windows 7 key being used on another system and temp install it on a new system and then use the upgrade to replace the win7 key with the win8 upgrade key? this would be a nice way to save some money
TickleOnTheTum 30th August 2012, 20:40 Quote
The pricing is very good (especially for MS)! However, as a Windows 7 64-bit Desktop user I can't see any must have reason to 'upgrade'. I tried and got rid of a desktop touch screen as I found it impractical (they are great on tablets). I think the new 'ModernUI' look is horrible, and as I only have one PC with one a <7Mb Internet connection so I just can't get excited about Windows 8... There just doesn't seem to be enough to justify paying for it?!

This seems to be the big problem with Windows 8... it lacks a killer feature. Touch screens are not popular with desktop users, the user interface while tweaked is nothing revolutionary. It offers virtually nothing over Windows 7, and most people (and companies) I know are more than happy with Windows 7 (some even with XP), as it does what they need it to do. Most UK companies turn off all the bells and whistles anyway! Home users don't get anything new to rave about... so it's a tiny bit faster here and there, but so what?! It doesn't boost your gaming speed or skill by 400%, it doesn't make your programs load 3 hours faster, and it doesn't do the washing up!

Windows 8 is more like an update to Windows 7 as far as Desktop Users are concerned, and as such would need to be virtually free to attract consumers! To me going from Windows 7 x64 Pro to Windows 8 x64 Pro is worth about £10 at most!

So I will be sticking with Windows 7 for the foreseeable future.

I still stick by my prediction:
Quote:
1.0 + 2.0 + 3.0 = 3.1

95 + 95SR + 98 = 98SE

WinMe + 2000 = XP

Vista + Sever + Home Server = 7

8 + 9 = Windows™

Have I got it right? Only time will tell...
AmEv 30th August 2012, 21:11 Quote
Well, it's more affordable, but I'm still not sure if I can afford it.

If I can, I feel this will drive the KDE community to finish the Windows port.
azrael- 30th August 2012, 21:23 Quote
I wonder if those 40 USD/25 GBP will translate into 50 EUR or so. Just because us mainland Europeans _always_ love to pay that extra bit more.

Ah well. It's a moot point for me anyway, since "the UI commonly referred to as the UI formerly known as Metro" and what that begets is the ultimate dealbreaker for me.
adidan 30th August 2012, 22:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by azrael-
Just because us mainland Europeans _always_ love to pay that extra bit more.
Good point, I happened to look over a few adverts when I was in Finland last week and was surprised to see how expensive laptops, pcs and mobiles still are over there.

Even Nokia phones ffs!
Er-El 30th August 2012, 22:22 Quote
Hope the retail's cheaper too.
oasked 30th August 2012, 22:39 Quote
My Dad's on Windows XP - this will be a nice cheap upgrade for him - as long as I can get a classic shell from the internet somehow - otherwise he'll have a heart attack!
ArthurB 30th August 2012, 23:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by TickleOnTheTum
This seems to be the big problem with Windows 8... it lacks a killer feature.
The killer feature is *all* of the improvements MS have made to the OS in general. e.g.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Features_new_to_Windows_8

Looking for a single stand out feature is missing the point as the sum is greater than the parts IMO.
lewchenko 30th August 2012, 23:26 Quote
£25 may well be cheap by Windows standards, but I dont know if its worth it.

Nothing wrong with my Windows 7 install, and do I really want to be an early adopter to gain very little (if anything), yet suffer from various program and game instability issues that will no doubt arise in the first few months.

Im also irked by the fact that people are saying I have to install W7 , then W8 on top... rather than just a stand alone W8 on a fresh drive. Not sure on the pricing of this 'system builder' edition either, or how that might work.

All in all, W8 just isnt that exciting to be honest. Other than metro (a gui for tablets not desktops)... there seems to be little to like.
Guinevere 31st August 2012, 00:15 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by XXAOSICXX
There's no pleasing some people...£25 is peanuts for an operating system.

No it's not. Not when the 'alternatives' are all cheaper. Yes I know these 'alternatives' are not suitable for everyone but you can't deny that they're cheaper.

Pro users will always the pro features of windows (AD support etc). But for many home users / students / kids / OAPs there exists real alternatives to having a traditional windows machine. You've got the obvious 'Mac' option if you want to play that way, but traditional PC sales are falling relative to the 'post PC' devices of iPads and Android tablets.
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Originally Posted by XXAOSICXX
I spent that last night on Vodka

How very grown up of you.
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Originally Posted by XXAOSICXX
Instead of running your XBMC setup on Windows (and then grumbling about the upgrade cost) why don't you move over to XBMCbuntu

I had (have) a powerful machine running windows 7. I moved it into the family room and wanted to run XBMC on it. Simply installing XBMC was easier than installing XBMCbuntu and running win7 gives me the most flexibility.

I'm not grumbling about the price of Win8, I think MS have set the price 'about' right. But I'm not going to upgrade my HTPC and there's no reason why I should upgrade my laptop when windows is nothing more than an unfortunate necessity to running windows games.

If MS wanted everyone to upgrade to windows 8 they should have set the price even lower, set it so low and make it so easy that everyone just upgrades for the hell of it.

Forcing people to accept 'The UI formally known as metro' and charging a minium of £25 is going to put off a lot of people.
azrael- 31st August 2012, 07:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by adidan
Good point, I happened to look over a few adverts when I was in Finland last week and was surprised to see how expensive laptops, pcs and mobiles still are over there.

Even Nokia phones ffs!
Well, you know that 15 USD upgrade price for Windows 7-based systems bought after 1 June that people keep harping on about? That'll cost you 119 DKK here in Denmark, which is quite precisely 20 USD or a 25% surcharge. Why? Beats me...
fluxtatic 31st August 2012, 08:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by Guinevere
So how many computers can I upgrade for my £24.99? Are they sticking with the old Microsoft way of doing things and requiring one licence per machine, or can I, like with my macs, install the OS on more than one? (I think I already know the answer).

Basically given that I have two windows machines (One is a HTPC running nothing but XBMC, and the other is my bootcamp partition of my macbook for gaming) how could Microsoft ever expect me to pony up for an upgrade?

Difference being that Apple is a hardware company, MS is a software company.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Platinum
Any word yet on how to get Windows 8 if you have a PC with no OS on it? (I have a retail boxed version of W7 that I plan to move to my media PC)

OEM license, when it drops. Otherwise, if I'm understanding the situation correctly, install Win7, upgrade to Win8, which frees the license for Win7 to be installed elsewhere. Delete Windows.old and done. (Yeah, not perfect, but I once reinstalled Windows 4 times over a weekend.)
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Originally Posted by Linux People
Linux is free! Linux is free!

Kindly hush. You've been screaming 'Linux is free' at the top of your lungs for damn near twenty years now. We get it - Linux is free. I (and ~99%) of the desktop market don't use Linux because it doesn't fit our needs. Give Mint another 5 years to mature (and moar Steam games to get ported) and we'll talk. In the meantime *finger to lips* Sssshhhhhh.
XXAOSICXX 31st August 2012, 08:58 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Guinevere
You've got the obvious 'Mac' option if you want to play that way.

Pay twice as much for computer. Save £10 on Operating System.

Much cheaper!
kuhva 31st August 2012, 10:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Krikkit
Are you high? That's a bargain.

How much are the standalone versions?

I think he is referring to the cost of Linux, but forgot that time is money.
impar 31st August 2012, 10:52 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by runadumb
That's not so bad if you are on XP or Vista. I won't be upgrading my Win7 desktop but if I had a decent old laptop I probably would. Not worth doing it on my Netbook, piece of crap that it is.
Use an old XP or Vista license, keep the 7 license.
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Originally Posted by V3ctor
I can't get used to it... I tried, but just can't... Win7 for me for along time :/
Try ViStart, Classic Shell or Start8. Get the improvements 8 brings without the worthless Metro on desktops.
kuhva 31st August 2012, 11:16 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Guinevere
No it's not. Not when the 'alternatives' are all cheaper. Yes I know these 'alternatives' are not suitable for everyone but you can't deny that they're cheaper.

If the 'alternatives' aren't suitable then they aren't really alternatives.

Anyways I do agree with you on waiting on adopting, microsofts 'Ticks' tend to to be much better than it's 'Tocks'
Phil Rhodes 31st August 2012, 12:45 Quote
And yet again.

What are the new features of windows 8?
What does it do?
What does it offer over Windows 7?

The user experience of windows has not changed more than very slightly since the mid-90s and my only impression is that every new version simply introduces more needless crap that has to be turned off after install.

I don't care how cheap it is, what does it offer? Other than the obviously-worthless tile interface, that is?
Phalanx 31st August 2012, 12:53 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
And yet again.

What are the new features of windows 8?
What does it do?
What does it offer over Windows 7?

The user experience of windows has not changed more than very slightly since the mid-90s and my only impression is that every new version simply introduces more needless crap that has to be turned off after install.

I don't care how cheap it is, what does it offer? Other than the obviously-worthless tile interface, that is?

http://forums.bit-tech.net/showpost.php?p=3150873&postcount=43
mikeyandrewb 1st September 2012, 10:39 Quote
Sounds like all the Windows 8 Apps will just be massive advertisements..... No thanks MS,
impar 1st September 2012, 11:05 Quote
Greetings!
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Originally Posted by mikeyandrewb
Sounds like all the Windows 8 Apps will just be massive advertisements...
Not really massive advertisements. More like the way Microsoft found to hook the users into Metroland.
You buy a WP8 or tablet with WinRT, you will be using Microsoft Metro apps for the basic stuff.
Then you go to your desktop\laptop and, to keep the information flowing between the gadgets and your more powerful devices, you will be configuring the same Metro apps on desktop\laptop.
Staying in Microsoft world, Metro apps will be unavoidable.
loftie 1st September 2012, 20:11 Quote
Had a thought, as i've never upgraded windows before. I assume I can keep my existing key and still use it with 7 if I wish to remove 8 and go back?
adidan 1st September 2012, 20:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by loftie
Had a thought, as i've never upgraded windows before. I assume I can keep my existing key and still use it with 7 if I wish to remove 8 and go back?
I don't believe it works like that, not sure though.
Guinevere 1st September 2012, 22:00 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by XXAOSICXX
Pay twice as much for computer. Save £10 on Operating System.

Erm it's 2012 you know...

It's been a very long time since Macs were twice as expensive as an equivalent PC. Apple doesn't produce low spec, cheap material computers. If you want a Mac laptop for example you're only option will be to purchase an all aluminium & glass machine with great keyboards, trackpads, screens and batteries. This build quality and feature set will always cost more no matter whether it's an OSX or windows machine. Because of Apple's size PC manufactures find it near impossible to build their machines for the same price Apple is able to. More often than not they end up costing just as much (for the same features / quality) and with a much smaller profit margin.

Show me a PC ultrabook as lightweight and as well built as a MacBook Air that's available for half the price. No not any old generic PC laptop because we know they're as cheap-as-chips but a genuine lustworthy bit of kit.

Intel created the entire ultrabook 'spec' to compete with the Airs, and it's only now becoming possible to buy genuine ultrabooks that compete with Apple on price, and even a PC is cheaper they're a very long way off being half the price... unless you make major compromises on spec, form-factor, build quality AND support.

Disclaimer: I'm typing this on my retina RBP that is the most expensive computer I've ever bought, and while it without equal in specification (ATM) I understand that paying such an insane amount for a Mac may invalidate my argument somewhat! Oh well.
loftie 1st September 2012, 22:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Guinevere
Show me a Windows PC ultrabook

Sorry, pet peeve, I couldn't help it :)
mclean007 2nd September 2012, 08:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by loftie
Quote:
Originally Posted by Guinevere
Show me a Windows PC ultrabook

Sorry, pet peeve, I couldn't help it :)
I think that's an unnecessary stipulation - Guinevere meant any "Ultrabook" (which, let's not forget, is purely an Intel marketing term) which isn't made by Apple. Since every Ultrabook is capable of running Windows; and since pretty much every ultrabook not made by Apple will come bundled with Windows; and since Apple chooses not to use the term "Ultrabook" for its laptops, despite the fact that they would qualify (I believe), I'd argue you can simply say "Ultrabook" and the fact that it runs Windows is implied.

In any event, Guinevere's argument was nothing to do with Windows - the point was (and I agree) that there are no laptops of equivalent quality to Apple's which are available for anything close to half the price. In fact, any non-Apple laptop which is remotely comparable on build quality and spec to Apple's offerings (Sony Z Series, for example) is very close on price.
Yslen 2nd September 2012, 13:58 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Guinevere
Quote:
Originally Posted by Krikkit
Are you high? That's a bargain.

No it's not, it's just cheap compared to what Microsoft have customarily charged.

Please remember that Apple's OS upgrades are cheap because they turn a huge profit on the hardware and restrict the upgrades to recent machines to keep people buying new ones. Microsoft only sells the OS, and doesn't place any restrictions on it. It's a totally different model and you can't really compare the two.
loftie 3rd September 2012, 02:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by mclean007
*snip*

In retrospect, I do agree with the ultrabook bit, i take back my remark :P and i'll put the peeve demon on a shorter leash ^^

On apple's build quality however i'd disagree. Yes they don't creak or flex like some other laptops/pcs do, but they have to be one of the more common returns due to faults. Or the people who buy from where I work just treat them like crap.
TheTourist 3rd September 2012, 14:17 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Guinevere
So how many computers can I upgrade for my £24.99? Are they sticking with the old Microsoft way of doing things and requiring one licence per machine, or can I, like with my macs, install the OS on more than one? (I think I already know the answer).

Basically given that I have two windows machines (One is a HTPC running nothing but XBMC, and the other is my bootcamp partition of my macbook for gaming) how could Microsoft ever expect me to pony up for an upgrade?

On one of their upgrade sites they did say it was "for use on individual PCs", don't know if they'll be launching a family pack or anything like that. Still though, at least you can upgrade from anything running XP onwards. Not being able to upgrade from Leopard to Lion (skipping Snow Leopard) is one of the reasons I got rid of my mac. Swings and roundabouts.
Spreadie 4th September 2012, 11:08 Quote
What does 8 bring, other that that frikkin god-awful fugly not-metro-anymore interface?

TBH, I completely lost interest after seeing the UI so, if I'm turning it off, what does 8 bring to tempt me away from 7?
adidan 4th September 2012, 11:46 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Spreadie
What does 8 bring, other that that frikkin god-awful fugly not-metro-anymore interface?

TBH, I completely lost interest after seeing the UI so, if I'm turning it off, what does 8 bring to tempt me away from 7?
Dave, I'll surprise you, I agree with everything you said.

I can only see the appeal if you have XP on a machine and want to save some pennies when upgrading.
impar 4th September 2012, 12:49 Quote
Greetings!

I am not the greatest fan of Metro in the Desktop (it works well with touch enabled, small screens gadgets, though) but Windows 8 is a great technical achievement from Microsoft.
If not for the absolutely stupid decison to force Metro (SS, Charms, apps, etc) it would be regarded as the best Windows OS ever, I have no doubt about it.
Thankfully there are tools to make it behave better as a desktop\laptop OS. Try Windows 8 with ViStart, Classic Shell or Start8. Those tools still need some polish but make you appreciate the work done in Windows 8.
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