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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade 570

Posted by samzenpus
from the try-it-free dept.
mpicpp was one of many to point out this bit of news about Windows 10."Microsoft just took another big step toward the release of Windows 10 and revealed it will be free for many current Windows users. The company unveiled the Windows 10 consumer preview on Wednesday, showcasing some of the new features in the latest version of the operating system that powers the vast majority of the world's desktop PCs. The developer preview has been available since Microsoft first announced Windows 10 in the fall, but it was buggy, limited in scope and very light on new features. Importantly, Windows 10 will be free for existing Windows users running versions of Windows back to Windows 7. That includes Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows Phone. Microsoft specified it would only be free for the first year, indicating Windows would be software that users subscribe to, rather than buy outright. Microsoft Corporate Vice President of the Operating Systems Group Joe Belfiore showed off some of the new features in Windows 10. While Microsoft had already announced it would bring back the much-missed Start Menu, Belfiore revealed it would also have a full-screen mode that includes more of the Windows 8 Start screen. He said Windows machines would go back and forth between to two menus in a way that wouldn't confuse people. Belfiore also showed a new notification center for Windows, which puts a user's notifications in an Action Center menu that can appear along the right side, similar to how notifications work in Apple OS X. Microsoft Executive Vice President of Operating Systems Terry Myerson revealed that 1.7 million people had downloaded the Windows 10 developer preview, giving Microsoft over 800,000 individual piece of feedback. Myerson explained that Windows 10 has several main intents: the give users a mobility of experience from device to device, instill a sense of trust in users, and provide the most natural ways to interact with devices." More details are available directly from Microsoft.

Comment: Against DST and its uglier sister Year-Round-DST (Score 1) 613

by skywire (#48289879) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

There are only two rational choices: switch between the two for the perceived benefits, or remain on Standard year-round. If only one were observed year-round, people and organizations would adjust their schedules to be at what they consider the optimal actual times of day. Some might even have summer and winter schedules. They could and would as easily do this with Standard time as with Daylight. All else thus being equal, only an idiot would suggest that it is better to observe the time of the time zone one hour to the east. Any aliens visiting a planet on which everyone set their clocks one hour off would surely conclude that there is no intelligent life there.

Comment: The Rhetorical Value of Redefining Terms (Score 1) 739

by skywire (#48288637) Attached to: Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

The biggest winners from the law include people between the ages of 18 and 34; blacks; Hispanics; and people who live in rural areas.

The article defines "winner" in an odd and deliberately deceptive way, as meaning anyone who did not have a medical insurance policy and now does. Under that definition, even someone who was coerced into something harmful to their self-interest is a "winner".

Comment: Story passes off propaganda as simple reporting (Score 2) 1330

by skywire (#47355827) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Those exceptions, which authorize insurance companies to provide the coverage instead of the employers

If ever there were a case of smoke-and-mirrors, this is it. Saying that the insurer, not the company paying for the policy, is (wink, wink) paying for a benefit offered to the insured under the policy, a benefit the insurer does not simply give away to all comers, is transparently absurd. Whatever you may think about forcing companies to pay for policies that cover particular things, at least be honest about it.

Comment: Re:A win for freedom (Score 3, Insightful) 1330

by skywire (#47355731) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

But an employer has no more right to say how an employee uses a benefit as they do their earned money.

Oh, really? They do it all the time. An employer's very choice to give you a particular defined benefit rather than the money they pay for it is itself saying how you can use it. Just try to get a large employer to give you the money in lieu of the benefit. Or even to buy a different kind of insurance plan than the one they dictate. Good luck with that.

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. -- Sagan