I have a business that we are using both desktop and mobile data (laptops) units. Of the 10 some odd units only one of these machines have MS and that version is XP. Up till recently, I had been thinking that maybe it was time to retire the XP and go with 7. Then I read an article on TechRepublic yesterday (http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/opensource/red-hat-linux-paying-to-get-past-uefi-restrictions-on-windows-8/3666?tag=nl.e011) about MS' UEFI restrictions they are imposing on new purchases of hardware that have the Windows 8 logo with secure booting and I made the decision that I will never purchase another MS product even if it meant turning my computers off, closing down my business and just doing without. As in the past, any time MS comes out with a new version of windows and then shortly there after introduces another new version it is usally a "patched" version of what they already have. But this go around I feel it will be nothing more than a patched-up version of Win7 with a lot more additional restrictive licensing. It is said that MS still has the advantage over Linux with business software and that they are not affected by the Linux world, but this only backs what I have been saying for a long time and that is that Linux is in fact becoming the business software for especially the small businesses that are tired of or can't afford all the licensing fees associated with MS. I think we will see in your future articles on Windows 8 that there will be no major difference between 7 & 8 other than patch fixes and that within the next few years you will see another major law suit filled against MS just like was done with IE.
I feel for all the uneducated and unknowing buyers of MS 8 when they find out they won't be able to dual boot there purchased hardware without first paying MS another $100 fee for the right to do so. MS is doing what all large corps do before they go under, trying to be the head of the market, securing their corner of the market and trying to be mr. bully. Now that's my opinion and opinion are like ears, everybody got at least one...
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