Windows 10 moving to monthly subscription?

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  1. Terreos

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    That might be enough to push me to try Linux again. I will NOT pay a subscription, ever. I'm already half way there with most of my games DRM free and 100% of my music and movies and TV shows DRM free.

    I like to live in my own little island not requiring a connection or login to play/watch/listen to things I paid for. I play a lot less games, watch a lot less content than I used to and it's getting less and less. Eventually I may disconnect completely if they force me into it.

    Good news is I am ready for the zombie apocalypse, assuming I can generate power:)
     
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    I have no idea how to really get Linux up and running. I watched a video by Wendell on linustechtips not to long ago and it seemed like a lot of work. Like if you love tinkering and figuring things out it seems great. So it doesn’t seem like it’s for me.

    I’d probably suck it up and go MacOS. I hate their OS, but atleast there isn’t a threat of a subscription for using it. Yet. . .

    That’s why I never used it. There are free compatible programs that you can use so I’ve always used those. That really makes me think this might really happen to the OS in the future.

    It really seems like such an overly aggressive method to make money though. And the average consumer really isn’t gonna wanna pay for it. I don’t know. Gotta wait and see I guess.
     
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    I must be getting old, I am so anti-subscription. Drives me crazy how some folks are willing to pay for netflix, hulu, sirius, who knows what else is out there. I like to buy my stuff and use it forever, whenever, and however I want. Luckily I have enough stuff to last me for the rest of my life if it gets bad enough, BUT I still need an OS to run everything on.

    I hadn't ran linux in a long time, and it was a royal pain with tons of things weren't supported at the time. Unless it was an easy install I would struggle with it since I don't have the interest to fiddle with things.
     
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    I hear ya. I only have internet in my house. No cable no phone line. I do have Netflix and crunchyroll. But honestly with those two only I pay a lot less than someone with cable and all of those extended channel packages. But, Netflix is getting on my nerves as they’re keep raising the price and removing content. If that keeps up I’ll drop them and just find my stuff elsewhere.

    Yeah that’s my main issue. I guess if it became mainstream and was easy to install like windows or Linux it wouldn’t be the same. There is chrome OS. . .ugh nvm. I feel dirty just suggesting that.
     
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    In the video in the OP, the blogger says this is fake news and that, like @Papusan posted, this is leased computer from Microsoft. So it's for HARDWARE and maybe a managed Windows 10 end-node, like Microsoft In-Tune (aka outsourced IT desktop support, deployment, and SCCM like service). So this is a lease on a device. Guys, some businesses like leases.

    I seriously DOUBT Windows 10 subscriptions are happen.

    Take a look at this FY15 chart:

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    The part of MSFT's revenue you're reporting as fake news / clickbait here, is the 5th (and last) column. The tiny orange sliver of that column. That's the portion of revenue from retail OS sales and upgrades. The blue part is MS Office. The orange part is Windows. Why would MSFT chase that? They won't. Now see the 3rd column, the yellow one? That's hardware. That's what this story is about. A hardware lease for businesses. Guys, some businesses like leases. I don't know why. Because with a lease, I have to pay the profit for the leasing company in there somewhere. But for cash flow reasons, some outfits (misfits?) like 'em.
     
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    Put this way what makes you think they can't make a update to W7, W8 that will say oh now you will have to pay $10 to use your current outdated O/S? Maybe everyone should take some time off the net and enjoy life first here.
     
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    I am still running W7 on one desktop. But time is running out on how long Microsoft says they will continue to provide support for W7. You don't want to find yourself in the situation of discovering your system has been crippled by malware that could have been defended against by a security update you would have gotten if you had upgraded to a more recent OS version.

    There are versions of linux available now that really aren't all that hard to install and run. The bigger and more frustrating problem is that it always seems that even if most of what you want to do you can easily do on linux, there will always be some crucial thing you need or want to do that is a real PITA to do on linux because so many of the big software and hardware companies treat linux as a poor stepchild. While there is always a 100% chance that any new (non-Mac-oriented) printer or external hard drive will have immediate support for computers running the latest Windows, and probably a 40 - 70% chance of support for the latest Apple, there might be a 5 - 10% chance of support for linux. The result is that you'll have to wait until intrepid open-source community developers get around to trying to get that device working with your linux system. It can be a challenge when all your friends, family, and coworkers are using Windows, if you need to share certain files or resources with them. There are ways to do it, but it might not be smooth, especially if they aren't very facile with computers.

    And then there are games and apps for certain specialized areas of interest. There are plenty of companies that still don't develop with linux users in mind. The small potential number of additional customers isn't worth it to them. So if you want to be able to play those games and use those apps, you have to stay on the Windows wagon.

    The other thing is that the linux community is so small, relatively speaking, that it might be hard getting help doing something you want to do if it's not a very common problem. With the number of Windows users being so gargantuan by comparison, there's usually somebody out there online who can help with a problem. With linux, you might be on your own. (At least, that has been my experience.)

    The main reason I have finally given in and am upgrading a laptop to W10 is that my older laptops aren't able to keep up with new tech available, and most laptop makers with features I want have W10 preinstalled. And I am upgrading a desktop because I have been led to believe I need W10 to take advantage of some of the latest virtual reality features now available in new equipment.
     
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