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I think it would be much less of "pick what you want" like you guys are talking and more of a "keep adding things" kinda like the Vista Ultimate Extras on steroids. With MS's history of delays this would probably fail, hard. Half-Life 2 anyone? I love episodic gaming, but when I have to wait 1 year+ for a few hour expansion, it isn't as good as it could be.
If it's like Ultimate Extras, we don't have to worry about spending money because they won't release any addons for a few years.
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If windows became subscription based I would switch to OS X and linux in a heart beat.
You say that, but you're a gamer.
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Because then you could not pirate it?
Maybe he doesn't want to pay for a subscription?
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Faster boot times, less resources used. It also uses CPU resources to calculate predictions based on which programs will be most frequently used.


No, it won't. And it will just drive more people to OSX and Linux.
Lets say they charged $5 a month for Windows. I think people would hop onto that in a heartbeat. Considering that Windows XP was around for 6 years, 6 x 12 x 5 -> $360... would net Microsoft a good profit for their OS while making the money spent by the end user drawn out so much that they wouldn't care.
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If windows became subscription based I would switch to OS X and linux in a heart beat.
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You say that, but you're a gamer.
Thats when WINE comes into play.
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Lets say they charged $5 a month for Windows. I think people would hop onto that in a heartbeat. Considering that Windows XP was around for 6 years, 6 x 12 x 5 -> $360... would net Microsoft a good profit for their OS while making the money spent by the end user drawn out so much that they wouldn't care.
People aren't just gonna subscribe to an operating system, especially since OS's have always been a one-time payment. Look how things went over with MS trying to make online PC gaming subscription-based like Xbox Live. It won't work, and alienated customers will either stay with an older OS, switch to OSX/Linux, or circumvent the subscription system.
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People aren't just gonna subscribe to an operating system, especially since OS's have always been a one-time payment. Look how things went over with MS trying to make online PC gaming subscription-based like Xbox Live. It won't work, and alienated customers will either stay with an older OS, switch to OSX/Linux, or circumvent the subscription system.
Yes, I think MS would be making a mistake trying to draw a constant money flow. To anyone with a brain, $5 a month for windows hurts a lot more than $300 outright.

What happens when you are late in your payments to MS? Reduction in usability? Complete shutdown? How much interest will be charged when your payment is late?

Every year, they head closer and closer towards a pay-per-view based business scheme.. I'd go off on how much the computer age is changing our economic system, but no one wants to hear that
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If it's like Ultimate Extras, we don't have to worry about spending money because they won't release any addons for a few years.
Wrong. If they receive money they will.
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post #29 of 46
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AKA Gamers could minimize their OS for max performance?

That'd rock.

Wonder if it'll be like a built-in vlite type thing.
Very interesting indeed!

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Lets say they charged $5 a month for Windows. I think people would hop onto that in a heartbeat. Considering that Windows XP was around for 6 years, 6 x 12 x 5 -> $360... would net Microsoft a good profit for their OS while making the money spent by the end user drawn out so much that they wouldn't care.
If that happens i see me and 90% of PC enthusiasts jumping into the Linux band wagon.
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Wrong. If they receive money they will.
So you're saying $300 for the OS isn't money? Damn you're an idiot. /flame caused by reading pages of idiotic things in this thread
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