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wraith808:
^ Not for me. :(

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/94920/20151017/windows-10-free-upgrade-rules-changed-by-microsoft.htm

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/activating-windows-10-how-it-works-under-microsofts-new-rules/

Doesn't seem so ominous if those links are what the forbes article was referring to.

tomos:
^ I should have quoted -- yeah, basically you can use Win.7, 8, 8.1 key for a clean Win. 10 install

Microsoft’s Free Upgrade Rules Have Changed
SpoilerLast week, Forbes contributor Gordon Kelly wrote about the “free upgrade” rules for Windows 10 changing in a good way. Now Microsoft has made it easier for users to upgrade to Windows 10 if you have a genuine copy of Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. Windows and Devices Group Vice President Gabe Aul said that an upcoming build of Windows 10 will let users register using existing keys for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

“If you install this build of the Windows 10 Insider Preview on a PC and it doesn’t automatically activate, you can enter the product key from Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 used to activate the prior Windows version on the same device to activate Windows 10 by going to Settings > Update & security > Activation and selecting Change Product Key,” said Aul in a blog post.

Aul also said users can use the existing keys while performing a clean installation. This is convenient because Microsoft previously required users to upgrade by downloading and installing the operating system update after their hardware was registered and hard drives were formatted. This made the upgrade process very difficult so Microsoft’s help desk forums filled with complaints. Giving users more options to upgrade their operating system is definitely beneficial.

dr_andus:
Microsoft Windows 10: Is it worth upgrading? | The Guardian

Reasons to upgrade

Windows 10’s attractions, compared with Windows 7, include great touch-screen and stylus support, the ability to run new-style apps as well as traditional programs, and the integration of free OneDrive cloud storage (all from Windows 8 ), the Cortana personal assistant and a notification centre (both from Windows Phone), virtual desktops, Windows Hello sign-on via face or fingerprint recognition, and better gaming capabilities with DirectX 12.

Windows’ touch-oriented apps work much like Apple iOS/Google Android tablet apps. It’s a good idea to use them because they are light weight, securely sandboxed, easy to install/uninstall, and get downloaded/updated from a known source – the Windows Store. Windows’ free games, including Solitaire and Freecell, have been moved to the store to encourage people to use it.
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Most of these seem to me primarily consumer-oriented features. Not much there to convince a business user (in fact they're likely to wind them up with the forced download and reminders).

MilesAhead:
Most of these seem to me primarily consumer-oriented features. Not much there to convince a business user (in fact they're likely to wind them up with the forced download and reminders).

-dr_andus (October 29, 2015, 12:51 PM)
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I notice in my college's library and computer court all the PCs are running Windows 7 Enterprise.  Although many have Apple flat screen monitors.  I guess the Apple flat screen is tough to beat?  A friend has a Mac Laptop and the screen is paper thin, very lightweight, and high quality.  But I digress.  I agree.  I don't know why any business would go past Windows 7 unless they want the touch screen point of sale system(e.g. they are a restaurant.)

f0dder:
Most of these seem to me primarily consumer-oriented features. Not much there to convince a business user (in fact they're likely to wind them up with the forced download and reminders).-dr_andus (October 29, 2015, 12:51 PM)
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A consumer newspaper probably focuses on features of consumer interests? :-)

Not very interested in what's enterprise-interesting myself, so haven't looked at it - but it performs pretty well (MS seems have done progressively better with 7->8->10), and there's some additional lowlevel security panzering (mitigations, defense-in-depth). Those benefit consumers, and might be of interest at the corporate level.

Of course there's also the said-to-be-privacy-invading stuff, which I'm no fan of - but until somebody discovers anything really underhanded about it, well, that's what group policies are for.

Although many have Apple flat screen monitors.  I guess the Apple flat screen is tough to beat?  A friend has a Mac Laptop and the screen is paper thin, very lightweight, and high quality.-MilesAhead (October 29, 2015, 12:59 PM)
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Haven't seen many laptops that can beat the macbook screens, but dunno why you'd buy an external monitor from Apple, really.

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