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HP brings back Windows 7 'by popular demand'

By zzyzzx follow zzyzzx   2014 Jan 19, 11:43pm 1,073 views   4 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    


HP brings back Windows 7 'by popular demand'

HP really wants people to buy a Windows 7 PC instead of a Windows 8 machine. The PC maker has been emailing customers over the weekend noting that "Windows 7 is back." A new promotion, designed to entice people to select Windows 7 over Windows 8 with $150 of "savings," has launched on HP’s website with a "back by popular demand" slogan. The move is clearly designed to position Windows 7 over Microsoft’s touch-centric Windows 8 operating system.

In fact, if you browse to HP’s home section and navigate to desktop PCs then you’ll only be presented with Windows 7 machines by default as no Windows 8 PCs are listed until you start customizing the section using optional filters. The laptop section does include Windows 8 machines, but it also prominently advertises a Windows 7 laptop. Even HP’s all-in-one section promotes the company’s 21-inch Android-powered PC over Windows 8 alternatives.

HP’s "back by popular demand" wording is a clear knock towards Windows 8 which has struggled with perception issues thanks to what some see as a confusing mix of desktop and tablet-style computing. Microsoft has tweaked some parts of the OS with Windows 8.1, but it looks like Windows 9 will bring more significant changes and a move away from the Windows 8 branding. In the mean time, HP is the first PC maker to take advantage of Windows 7 as a selling point over Windows 8, and it follows similar moves from OEMs who chose to promote Windows XP over Windows Vista years ago.

1   anonymous   ignore (null)   2019 Feb 18, 3:40pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Windows 7 Extended Security Updates will double in price each year - Three years of updates will be available.

Windows 7's free support period ends on January 14, 2020. Microsoft is offering three years of support updates for the operating system on a paid basis with a new program called Extended Security Updates (ESU). Unlike previous after-life support options for Windows, which were offered as part of separately negotiated support contracts, the Windows 7 ESU updates will be available to any volume license customer, regardless of size or sales channel.

Pricing for this support has now leaked to Mary Jo Foley. For organizations already subscribing to Windows Enterprise, the first year of updates will cost an additional $25 per device. This doubles to $50 for the second year and $100 for the third year. Organizations can't skip a year, either; previous years must be paid for to obtain the year two and year three support. For companies sticking with Windows 7 Pro instead of subscribing to Windows Enterprise, the first year will cost $50 per device and will double each subsequent year to $100 and then $200.

There's no minimum purchase for the ESU subscriptions, so companies can buy as few as they need. It's not clear if there will be any volume discounts for larger deployments still stuck with the legacy operating system.

Microsoft will no doubt hope this pricing serves as an incentive for organizations to switch to using Windows Virtual Desktop for their Windows 7 systems. These cloud-hosted virtual machines will receive the Windows 7 ESU updates at no extra cost beyond the basic license, plus the cost of the virtual machine they run on.

2   Tenpoundbass   ignore (14)   2019 Feb 18, 4:22pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

My PC at work has a 128G SSD drive. As a result there wasn't any room for the upgrade from 7 to 10.
I run Visual Studio with about 4 projects opened at the same time, Of course Opera with about 30 tabs going at any time. My Note Pad ++ would probably take me about 3 hours to confirm save on every document it has open, My SSM Console for SQL server has at least 120 scripts that needs closed or saved. With all of that running in the background. It is still the best performing machine out of any I own or use.

It's one of those Dell 7010 optiplex small form factor desktops.
3   NancyPelosiHaircut   ignore (4)   2019 Feb 18, 6:41pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Windows 8 was the blunder and mortal would from which Microsoft has not recovered.
4   Automan Empire   ignore (1)   2019 Feb 18, 7:08pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Nothing makes me want to fucking THROW my notebook like it suddenly deciding to behave like a tablet.

Come on Windows, I was scrolling around while editing text, no way did I want to zoom out to 20% then zoom in 300% while trying to get it to stop before it deleted my typing as well.

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