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The computer market is currently going through one of the roughest spots in recent memory. Consumers continue to purchase devices such as smartphones and tablets instead of upgrading older computers, and even some businesses are holding off on new system purchases/operating system upgrades. Despite these foibles, Microsoft still hit the 100 million licenses sold milestone with Windows 8.

The good news for Microsoft is that industry executives say prices for Windows 8 devices are set to decline over the coming months, which should lead to increased consumer interest in the operating system.

Executives from computer maker Acer have noted that Microsoft is being more "considerate" to its partners and has begun adopting suggestions made by partners "at a high percentage."

"When we were talking to Microsoft, our input to them is balance,” said Acer President Jim Wong. “The world in the next five years is not going 100 percent to touch. Although touch makes a lot of possibilities for PCs, you need to take care of the rest of the world that doesn’t need touch."

Windows Chief Tami Reller acknowledges that there are issues with Windows 8 and that the software giant is working to adjust to consumer feedback. She stopped short of confirming any specific feature changes, but rumors continue to hint that Windows 8.1 will see a return of the Start button.

public preview of Windows 8.1 is expected in June.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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By maevinj on 5/9/2013 11:26:57 AM , Rating: 2
8.1 should be a free service pack. Not a whole new version.

RE: Sadly..
By Beavermatic on 5/9/2013 11:45:03 AM , Rating: 5 is a free service pack if you already own Windows 8.

RE: Sadly..
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/9/2013 11:48:19 AM , Rating: 1
According to the latest rumors, the 2013 release will be inexpensive or perhaps free, to incentivize upgrades. And it will be a full operating system upgrade. In this regard, the new development cycle Microsoft is moving towards closely resembles Apple's -- frequent, cheap operating system upgrades.
Not sure where you people keep coming up with "it's free" and it's "a service pack"...

RE: Sadly..
By jjlj on 5/9/2013 12:06:18 PM , Rating: 2
Well, this kind of leaves the door open to interpretation.
inexpensive or perhaps free

RE: Sadly..
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/9/2013 12:10:19 PM , Rating: 1
Sure, but it's a rumor . When has MS ever given a FULL os for free? Never?

RE: Sadly..
By jmarchel on 5/9/2013 2:39:52 PM , Rating: 2
They didn't have to in the past.Now they are betting future of their company not on OS but on the app store or in general on the software as service. It is not getting traction so giving away OS might be the only solution to get this materialize. It is the same business model as cable company is running or ink jet business, where ink often cost more than the printer. We will give you something for "free" as long as you pay us monthly fee.

RE: Sadly..
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/9/2013 4:24:08 PM , Rating: 2
Now they are betting future of their company not on OS but on the app store or in general on the software as service.
Um, yea. No. Don't think so.

RE: Sadly..
By Labotomizer on 5/10/2013 9:23:57 AM , Rating: 2
You have a very narrow view of what MS offers. They have numerous other billion dollar businesses that are doing just fine. Windows is become a smaller and smaller portion of that overall picture. I could see 8.1 as a cheap upgrade. I don't think it will be free. I think we're done with the major 3 year release cycle.

But SharePoint, Exchange, Windows Server, Azure and Office all make Microsoft a very stable company. Windows desktop could disappear and they would survive. But that isn't going to happen anyway. Over the next 4-5 years the platform you use to connect to the services will matter less. And MS is very well poised to deliver services to any device. You can see it over the last 5 years or so in their server products. Exchange 2010 worked very well across multiple platforms and browsers, same for SharePoint and now Azure. The 2013 versions are built almost entirely on open standards for the web interfaces. Their business units understand this.

RE: Sadly..
By acer905 on 5/9/2013 12:09:01 PM , Rating: 2
According to the latest rumors

Grain of salt anyone?

RE: Sadly..
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/9/2013 4:21:13 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly, people are taking rumors as fact, when it's not.

RE: Sadly..
By acer905 on 5/9/2013 6:17:36 PM , Rating: 3
Exactly, the entire basis of your argument is a rumor yet you quote it all the time as *proof* that 8.1 will not be a service pack.

RE: Sadly..
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/9/13, Rating: 0
RE: Sadly..
By WinstonSmith on 5/10/2013 9:59:53 AM , Rating: 3
"Microsoft is being more "considerate" to its partners and has begun adopting suggestions made by partners "at a high percentage."

50-50 Split Screen Mode Spotted in Windows Blue Build 9388

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In other words, those "suggestions made by partners" are the same as those desired by users who use freeware shells to bring back some of the Win7 functionality. So, this isn't just a "bug fix" service package, this is a UI mod.

RE: Sadly..
By WinstonSmith on 5/10/2013 10:09:09 AM , Rating: 2
Forgot to mention that the 50:50 screen split mode brings back some poor semblance of "windows" for those who need more than one app open, active and in a window large enough to be usable at the same time instead of just docked on the left of the display, something that's not practical due to limited display size on tablets and smartphones which is why it's not included in the Tiles1, uh, I mean Win8, tablet/smartphone UI. Of course, no one ever needs more than two apps open and active and 50:50 will be the ideal screen sharing ratio for the dynamic output of every app (sarcasm).

Bring back windowing in a so-called Windows OS, please!

RE: Sadly..
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/12/2013 7:48:15 AM , Rating: 2
Down rated, for what? LOL...Some real losers on this site. I can almost guarantee it's one of a few people.

RE: Sadly..
By acer905 on 5/14/2013 12:38:42 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately the rumors you were quoting were wrong. Sorry.

Service Pack. Free.

RE: Sadly..
By jjlj on 5/9/2013 11:45:58 AM , Rating: 1
How do you know it won't be free? What do you think the cost will be? Last time I checked, a .X increment wasn't a whole new version.

RE: Sadly..
By xelc on 5/10/2013 7:53:56 AM , Rating: 2
from wikipedia:
5.0 = windows 2000
5.1 = windows XP
6.0 = windows vista
6.1 = windows 7
6.2 = windows 8

RE: Sadly..
By Labotomizer on 5/10/2013 9:25:10 AM , Rating: 3
NT Kernel version does not equate to OS version. This is Windows 8.1, which we haven't seen a release even similar to this since 98v2.

RE: Sadly..
By fteoath64 on 5/12/2013 12:50:12 AM , Rating: 2
It is a Service Pack exactly. But they wanted to position it to "look" like a new system to rid itself of the old karma. It might just work if the UI and overall functions are way better than before. Trying to "force" people into a certain type of usage model is never good. That was a drastic mistake to enforce a tablet like usage on all desktops.
This is a drastic effort to reverse the trend in declining Windows sales while the transition to tablets of the Android and IOS variety accelerates. Windows tablets will always be a niche just because it failed to grab the right form-factor and weight optimum that the Android and iOS tablets have hit.

RE: Sadly..
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/12/2013 7:45:54 AM , Rating: 2
What part of this do you not understand?

And it will be a full operating system upgrade.

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