Microsoft 'Confirms' Windows 7 New Monthly Charge

Discussion in 'Computers, Hardware, and Operating Systems' started by KR4EE, Sep 9, 2018.

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  1. KR4EE

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    Microsoft 'Confirms' Windows 7 New Monthly Charge

    Windows 10 Leak Exposes Microsoft's New Monthly Charge

    Looks like my hand is being forced & I'll have to migrate away from Windows. I am disabled and have been remote accessing my Windows 7 box for digital modes and my beloved N3FJP log and state QSO party software via an old MacBook.
  2. N4UP

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    I have five home computers running Windows 7 and I turned off updates a long time ago. I have no need to change to Windows 10. I don't need the overhead or the additional "features" ...

    I use Webroot security software and have had no problems. Of course I have relatively slow satellite-based internet with hard data limits, but it works and works well.

    Besides, if you don't want "updates" then there is presumably no charge for a service Microsoft is not providing.
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  3. K8ERV

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    I never willingly allow ANY updates, they often seem to cause more problems than they fix. Trend Micro works well
    for me and have not had any problems in many years.

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
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  4. KV6O

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    Really? Microsoft isn't looking to charge you for USE, the are looking to charge you for continued support and updates to an 11 year old operating system (after January 14th 2020) that is beyond extended support.

    For the story you posted: If this date rings a bell, that’s because it is the day Microsoft will end ‘Extended Support’ for Windows 7 according to the company’s Lifecycle page. This means no more patches or security updates unless, as we now learn, you pay.

    Microsoft should continue to update and support an obsolete operating system forever? This is no different from any other OS, but here they are giving you an option to pay - if you want - for extended support. The same thing happened with XP, and some large users opted to pay Microsoft. The solution here is to upgrade to a supported OS!

    This isn't a Microsoft issue, this is a support issue across an industry. I run Linux servers and they don't have unlimited support forever - you have to upgrade if you want to continue support, whether you pay or not.
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  5. KA8NCR

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    Disabled. Remote access. I think you qualify. Even if you don't, they probably won't care.
  6. WB2LBV

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    Look at the dates on that free upgrade link, that offer expired a while ago.
    It appears the pay-for-updates plan is primarily for enterprise customers and not individual/private users. Of course those of us still using W7 after support ends will be SOL like with XP although it will probably remain functional for some time after that. It will really suck for those who use Media Center as there is no upgrade path there. If you have a HTPC running 7 Media Center an update to 10 is not an option.
  7. W7UUU

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    Imagine how the diehard Windows for Workgroups 3.11 must feel!!

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  8. KK5JY

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    MS-DOS has been around so long that it has been cloned already, at least once.
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  9. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Cool! That might be fun to mess around with!

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  10. KK5JY

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    I'm fairly certain that the slowest Raspberry Pi in my collection can run circles around the fastest MS-DOS system I ever had. ;)

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