I can't see any content on that webpage. I don't
know why. Here's another link to Mary Jo Foley, who
seems to be as much an insider as anyone when it
comes to MS:
Note that she points out Win10 will be a service,
not a software product. Once you go to Win10
you'll likely have very little control over your computer.
(Similarly, I think Apple OS upgrades are now free,
but Apple is basically selling the device and making
a lot of their money by locking it down and then selling
services, like music through iTunes. They don't just
hand it out for free because they're generous.... and
no one would ever accuse Apple of being generous.)
Win8 Metro is probably a good portent of what to
expect with Win10. It's likely people will have to get
a "Microsoft ID", allow Microsoft total control and
access, which also means fullscale spying, as well
as restrictions on what one can install/use/buy. It's
hard to guess how they might integrate that with
computers that are actually used to do anything more
than shop and play games. Maybe they'll show ads.
Maybe they'll just "sell you down the river" to marketers
and data miners. But one way or the other, you can
be sure they intend to make more money on you by
giving it away free than they do by selling it. Otherwise
they wouldn't be doing it.
Restrictions and spying are becoming a big problem.
I see articles repeatedly about both iPhone and Android
phones, detailing the near impossibility of not being
tracked everywhere one goes, and spied on by much of
the installed software. It's becoming very difficult to
not be locked into a service and lose control of the device.
Win10 is likely to be a similar situation. So it might be wise
to at least wait and see how it plays out before jumping
Just yesterday I saw an article about how Google
is looking into entering the insurance business. The
explanation was that Google already knows how and
where people drive, through their Android phones
running GPS, which are essentially radio collar tracking
devices. So Google could be one up on other insurance
companies in terms of knowing the best rates to
charge individual customers.
Microsoft wants a piece of that action. They know
their strength is the Windows base. Their angle now,
as seen through their ads, is to convert that to a
big customer base of people who find it convenient
to live in Metro-land, whether on PC, tablet, or phone.