Windows 8 will be free (I think)

5 Oct

With Windows 8 Microsoft also introduces their Windows Metro App Marketplace also known as the “Windows Store”. According to SlashGear Microsoft intends to charge a 30 percent cut on the Windows 8 apps designed and sold through the store. Most apps will have a huge advantage of being sold through the store and most developers will probably prefer the store as their primary distribution channel. Based on the Apple App Store and the Windows Phone Marketplace the Windows Store will potentially holds thousands of apps, making huge earnings to Microsoft.

Imagine a world where Windows 8 (home edition) is free – paid by the earnings made on the app purchases in the Windows Store. I think it is very likely to happen.


4 Responses to “Windows 8 will be free (I think)”

  1. Meh October 5, 2011 at 15:43 #

    you really shouldn’t title your posts like this. way misleading, and a very bad guessing.

    • Thomas Martinsen October 5, 2011 at 20:01 #

      Get your point about the title – not my intention – i have fixed it :)

      Regarding the guessing – why do you think its bad guessing? Apple is selling their OS very cheap (almost free). I think MS have to do something like it in the future.

      Not sure Windows will be totally free – but maybe upgrades from Windows 7 will be almost free ($19 or something like it). Maybe Windows Home edition will be free and you can buy the features (in the store) that will upgrade the Windows edition?

  2. Peter October 15, 2011 at 19:20 #

    Does anybody know why I don’t get the Metro project option when trying out the Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview 11.0.40825.2 PREREL?

  3. steve ruben October 23, 2011 at 12:03 #

    I think its a great idea and I think it would persuade more IT groups to make the move because of cost.

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