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[High Tech]

I say: 'Windows should be free for home users'

I am not like all those who believe everything should be free, no no. But I think that Microsoft should make Windows free for individuals. It's not a matter of being nice. Just look at the fact that Microsoft is already monetizing "us" when we install Windows. To install windows 10 you are highly pushed to register a Microsoft's account, and we all know what it means. It means that Microsoft will track all our activities, learn everything about us, and use all of this for marketing purposes. In the same kind of idea, now, to get Windows' app, you need to use their own store, which is also generating incomes for Microsoft. So all this together, I say that, Microsoft would have everything to gain in making Windows Home free. Make it free, and get money from additional things and features. This is how things should be.

Okay, you'll tell me, that, they are already offering free upgrade from Windows 7 and 8 to Windows 10, and, who knows, it might be a step toward a free version of Windows, in the upcoming future.

Now, I also understood that Windows 10 might be the last "new" windows, and that, from now on, only updates will be released, so it may be free? Does it mean that if someone owns a Windows 7/8/10 license, he'll never have to pay again Microsoft to profit from the latest version of Windows?


by: PcMaN


February 13, 2016 (3 years ago)

5 Replies & Comments

In fact, it's barely already the case. Excepting if you assemble a PC yourself, Windows 10 will be pre-installed. So it's not "free-free", because it's included in the whole price, but it should be like $10 or $20 in extra. Not a big deal.

Also, I am taking this opportunity to clarify some points :

- when you buy a computer with Windows pre-installed, the license is attached to the computer (hardware), you can't use your license number to install windows on a different computer.

- when you buy Windows separately, you can install it on the computer of your choice, and if you want, you can install it on a different computer later (this might require to uninstall the license from the first computer, because of-course, you are not supposed to use the same Windows license on several computers at once).


by: G-1508

Message #1

October 04, 2018 (14 months ago)

I think that only professionals should have to pay for software. Individuals, for private usage should be able to access software for free.

This would allow software developers to reach a much larger audience, with more users, no need of spending on advertising, the quality of the software speaks by itself. And when people are experience and in use of a software, companies will find an interest in buying these software, without having to train their employees. Also, the more user, the more easy this is to detect bugs, and add features.

by: G-1517

Message #2

October 08, 2018 (14 months ago)

Switch to Linux! Free, fast, secure.

Check Ubuntu, or Linux Mint.


by: G-1533

Message #3

October 13, 2018 (14 months ago)


As mentioned, in people mind, Windows is already (sort of) free. Yes, you buy a computer, and it comes with Windows pre-loaded, you don't pay extra, but, of-course, it's included in the price. Manufacturers have special deals with Microsoft, and for the customer, it's still less expensive than buying a Windows Home license.

by: G-1662

Message #4

February 12, 2019 (10 months ago)

In the 90s, there was no real choice, Windows on PC, and Mac OS on Apple computers, other alternative OS were not adapt to the average people. Today, the situation is very different. All major OS are mature, and user friendly. Put the average joe in front of a computer running a Linux distribution or Windows, he'll be able to deal with it, and find his way.

by: G-1812

Message #5

September 08, 2019 (3 months ago)

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