Well, they know about piracy ..... and they know about the current market share w8.1 has ......
Like Gabe from Valve, the logic is this: make the main platform as attractive as possible, provide the main platform to as many users as possible, and then use high quality services for a fee.
That's the short version of the scepticism behind this move.
Piracy and hackers will always exist. Microsoft knows this all too well.
Take a game like FIFA 15 for example. It uses a very aggressive DRM method called "Denuvo", which is considered as very hard to crack. Did that stop it from being cracked ? No.
Did the extra intrusive DRM method introduce fps performance issues to games like "Lords of the Fallen" ? Oh, yes.... though it's still not cracked open...It will.
So, the only way forward is to change the whole marketing philosophy. Create the necessary amount of user database, then expand on services and hardware accessories around a central idea. Which is w10.
Microsoft explains who gets the free Windows 10 upgrade.
Well, the closer we get to the release of Windows 10, Micro$oft seems to be changing it's definition of "Free" upgrades. There are certain versions...enterprise for one...which will be a 'Pay for Play'.
Pirated copies will not receive the free upgrade. They say that some users of pirated copies will have a special rate ($) if they unknowingly bought a computer that is running a pirated version of 7, 8, or 8.1. This will also affect users of pirated copies of Office.
Also, Windows 10 users/owners will not have any control over Windows Updates. They will automatically be applied when they are released by Micro$oft...including the "is this copy of Windows legitimate" ? So if you are in the middle of a game, up pops a notice to restart your computer to apply..yada yada.
The question is ..how long is Windows 10 'free' ? Will you have to pay for BIG upgrades/updates...like Service Packs?
They have stated that Windows 10 is the last version of Windows...what's the next version going to be? They semi-clarify in the following article:
Edit: Had to remove the link to the article Modrerated
Windows 10 is going to be the last "version" of Windows the way MacOS X is the last "version" of MacOS (I'm sure you picked up on why Microsoft skipped to version 10 long ago), there are just going to be continuing updates. As far as Windows Update goes, it's not going to be exactly like that.
It's official: Windows 10 will not be free for pirates | PCWorld
Piecing together the Windows as a Service puzzle for Windows 10 | ZDNet
Like it says, pirates will get Windows 10 for free, but have to suffer the watermark the same way they do now. As for updates, unless Microsoft improves WGA again, it'll be just as trivial for pirates to bypass as it is now.
As for updates, there is no way that's going to hold true over the long term. There are to many people on metered connections to force feed people updates, and to many times Microsoft has pushed out a patch which has then wreaked havoc. Microsoft is going to have to use Windows 10 to get on consumers good side, and the Windows 10 Home being force fed patches is not the way they're going to get it done.
Microsoft want all Windows users using the new platform which is being designed to work on phones, tablets, notebooks and desktops.
I had to revise my page on the preview so many times
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