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post #31 of 43
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Originally Posted by Brutuz View Post

This is why they don't really try to force pirates off Windows, because they gain marketshare in places that otherwise would use Linux.
While I'm not 100% sure, I doubt it's any more secure than Linux which is an OS (As in, the distros) and is also on the market, technically.

yeah, I doubt that as well...though it is early yet. Its security hasn't really been proven. Besides, an OS is no more secure than the user allows it to be. I could take an install of any OS and lock it down really tight, but a user clicks that joke of the day link in their email that is really an exe or a tar or a what ever...it was all for naught.
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they should just give it away for free, imo.
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Maybe this was secretly intentional, to help push adoption in case Windows 8 sales turn out to be too poor for MS's liking? (That way they can point to the resulting higher adoption rate to save some face...)
Anyone?

THIS.

Microsoft isn't dumb. They can see these things coming a mile away which is probably why they are testing serious things on Security when it comes to Windows 8.

Good thing this will be prevented once more. I don't like people who "steal" things when you should be paying for it to help the economy!
post #34 of 43
Sure, "mistakenly"
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Even now, the Win 7 update that could detect activation hacks doesn't get installed by default, you have to choose to install it. MS care not for a bit of piracy here and there.
post #36 of 43
This has been known about since launch day.
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Implying that it was mistakenly... thumb.gif
Didn't think Windows 8 would do so bad.
post #38 of 43
Simple economics. Microsoft can't hold a monopoly on the market if they don't semi-intentionally do things like this. It's a just an extreme version of price discrimination; giving the OS away to people who wouldn't otherwise buy it.
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Reminds me of when everyone could get access to technet through a "mistake"....the keys still work to this day.
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Poor launch will probably mean poor support, including activation support. This OS wasn't entirely dedicated to the desktop, it has a huge focus on the tablet. Unfortunately for them they can't really compete with the other tablets by slapping a huge price tag with the OS, it essentially comes free (compared to retail OS cost). So what if they lose to piracy, not saying this was intentional but pirated numbers for WinX still helps them save face.

Not to mention there might be a bunch of people who buy a desktop with win8 and slap either linux on it or revert back to their old win7. Official market share will say they sold win8 but statistic sites will know, reporting a much slower adoption rate. Given the idea that consumers aren't really listening to official MS numbers (gee wonder why) it's not a far shot for them to artificially inflate statistic sites. *hint hint*

[edit] I guess for those that care and don't really understand. Saving face means saving reputation, they depend on their reputation to sell products. If their new product seems weak, they will have less profit in the long term. This then doubles to the next release, as people will think back on the previous release as weak. Were not talking enthusiasts but the average person, they might stick with Win7 even longer causing more software stagnation (MS side). Even worse, they lose market share to Apple/Linux long term. Now it might not be much but any percent in market loss probably means jobs lost.

To back up the idea that people probably don't listen to MS numbers, I call upon the effect the internet has had with small media. How many of you use official media for your news as opposed to mainstream media? It's a catchy trend, just as youtube has taken a chunk out of TV media.
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