SHCC WYSIWYG Article from September 2015

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This article was written by Don VanSyckel, the club president, as a part of "The President's Pen".  This article appeared in the September 2015 WYSIWYG newsletter.

Windows 10 - Rumors

by Don VanSyckel

One of the hot topics currently in the press and in computer clubs is Microsoft's Windows 10. Much of the discussion is about the features and changes that have been incorporated in Windows 10. The other subject being discussed is Microsoft making Windows 10 available for free to registered owners of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Sound great but it makes one wonder what's the catch? I'm not saying that Microsoft has been anything other than 100% straight forward with their publicity about this but they are in business to make money. I don't understand the business model of giving away the current product. You've heard the old saying, when it sounds too good to be true it is. I'm still looking for the pay off that Microsoft will be getting and where it's coming from.

Rumors range from Windows 10 once loaded is yours forever to the free license will term out after a year and will then need cash to be renewed. There's a couple other variations I've heard but they're variation of the two cited here. The free upgrade offer does have an expiration but that's months out. I have been told that if you take advantage of the upgrade offer you can switch back if you're not happy with Windows 10. But you only switch back for 30 days because after that you forfeit the license for your previous Windows version. This is one place you should probably read the fine print. My plan is to wait and listen, I have months to decide, but I have decided I will not lease an OS a year at a time.

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