Get Windows 10? Microsoft’s push comes to shove – InfoWorld

Microsoft is doing all it can to snatch defeat on the operating system front from the jaws of victory. Now that it finally has a version of Windows that people actually like, the company is acting like a bully, practically forcing reluctant users to upgrade to Windows 10.

Office 365, which is central to the company’s shift to a cloud-based business, works closely with Windows 10, but Microsoft this week suddenly announced it will effectively raise prices and eliminate free storage for users of OneDrive, the storage component of Office 365.

To complete the laundry list of obnoxious moves, Microsoft recently announced that PC makers must stop installing Windows 7 and Windows 8.x by November 2016. As near as I can tell, that’s the first time in more than a decade that PC makers (and thus users) had so little choice.

These actions are unwise, to say the least. Microsoft has had an image problem for decades, playing the role of bad-cop monopolist while Apple basked in its reputation as the user-friendly alternative. (Never mind that Apple is no stranger to monopolistic and heavy-handed practices with its platforms.)


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