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    Windows 8 to cut SKU's from 11 to 6

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Win...l#xtor=RSS-181

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom's Hardware
    Microsoft Windows 8 32 Edition
    Microsoft Windows 8 64 Edition
    Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise 32 Edition
    Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise 64 Edition
    Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 32 Edition
    Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64 Edition

    Why? Why still offer 32-bit SKU's?

    Even if most businesses are on a 5-yr upgrade cycle, we are long since past CPU's that are 32-bit only.

    Here's an idea, drop it to 3 SKU's. Win8, Win8Pro, Win8Ent. Drop 32-bit, completely.

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    32 bits are for portable devices.

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    The extra bits don't weigh that much. It isn't worth it.

    Seriously though, Via, Intel, AMD, all are 64-bit.

    Next generation of ARM is going to be 64-bit for pete's sake! lol
    Last edited by James; 02-28-2012 at 06:01 PM.

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    This is going to be great. The arbitrary feature differences between the Win 7 packages were very confusing to customers. Starter was the worst though, couldn't even change the background.
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    Still a crapload of business software that isn't 64bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wurm View Post
    Still a crapload of business software that isn't 64bit.
    And even if it runs seemingly without problems, frequently vendors will use 64 bit OS versions as a reason to deny support.
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    Whoever is making this decision is obviously an MBA or economics graduate who refuses to let go of price discrimination for software.
    Price discrimination for physical goods = profit maximization.
    Price discrimination for digital goods = piracy.

    Release a single consumer version for $99 and be done with it. Keep enterprise and sever versions separate and don't even make their existence known to the desktop market.

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    i would just do regular and enterprise 64bit

    isnt there some sort of built in virtualization tech in windows7 that lets you run 32bit code natively on 64bit windows? just add that tech to windows8
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    Quote Originally Posted by kpxgq View Post
    i would just do regular and enterprise 64bit

    isnt there some sort of built in virtualization tech in windows7 that lets you run 32bit code natively on 64bit windows? just add that tech to windows8
    Yeah, it's called WOW64. It's been in all 64-bit versions of Windows since XP Pro x64. Which is honestly my complaint. There is no reason software/hardware/etc. vendors shouldn't have made the transition by now. It's been coming since 2003. 9 Years is a lot of time to work on a 64-bit native version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ImaNihilist View Post
    Whoever is making this decision is obviously an MBA or economics graduate who refuses to let go of price discrimination for software.
    Price discrimination for physical goods = profit maximization.
    Price discrimination for digital goods = piracy.

    Release a single consumer version for $99 and be done with it. Keep enterprise and sever versions separate and don't even make their existence known to the desktop market.
    I assume that is what they are doing. Enterprise is most likely for businesses and Professional is going to be for MSDNAA, schools, and tech net. Everyone else will have the normal edition.

    If they could get their stuff together, they would be moving to an app store and letting Windows 8 be free to the consumer. They really dropped the ball not getting a hold of the gaming market with Vista. They had the chance when they started talking about Live support, but Windows Marketplace was a joke.

    The amount of money people spend on the OS versus how much they spend in the OS environment is not even comparable. They should have been targeting that potential revenue stream.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wurm View Post
    Still a crapload of business software that isn't 64bit.
    I have no problem running 32 bit software on a 64 bit OS - none at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timman_24 View Post
    I assume that is what they are doing. Enterprise is most likely for businesses and Professional is going to be for MSDNAA, schools, and tech net. Everyone else will have the normal edition.

    If they could get their stuff together, they would be moving to an app store and letting Windows 8 be free to the consumer. They really dropped the ball not getting a hold of the gaming market with Vista. They had the chance when they started talking about Live support, but Windows Marketplace was a joke.

    The amount of money people spend on the OS versus how much they spend in the OS environment is not even comparable. They should have been targeting that potential revenue stream.
    If the Windows app store actually takes off I'll switch back. There are really only 4 or 5 apps I want to see on Windows that dont exist yet.

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    Looks like it's back up to 9
    http://windows8beta.com/2012/03/excl...nsumer-preview

    Fail.

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    I really think this is just retarded. There is simply no reason to have anything other than 2 versions, a home and a business. That's it. No need for more.

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    Here's an idea... include all the networking and security stuff that corporate customers need in the 'normal' edition of Windows 8. Sell only the 64-bit version (with support for 32-bit software). If someone needs a 32-bit OS for whatever stupid legacy thing let them keep buying Windows 7. Include ARM and x86/64 libraries on the same DVD, surely the world's largest software company can write an installer that can figure out what architecture it's being run on.

    Congratulations, you're down to one version. Keep the Server OS a seperate product I guess, it's not going on store shelves or OEM boxes so it's not confusing anyone.

    If they really need to squeeze more money out of corporate customers do it through support contracts or something.
    Last edited by Steven P Jobs; 03-04-2012 at 11:18 AM.

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