Report – Microsoft planning to scrap Windows 8 retail editions
This is interesting.
If speculated reports are true, Microsoft may be scrapping the full retail editions of Windows 8.
Microsoft usually sells upgrade, full, and OEM System Builder copies of its Windows software at retailers.
Paul Thurrott and Mary Jo Foley (Windows Weekly co-hosts) have revealed that Microsoft is planning to remove the full edition option in favor of a System Builder option.
The system builder option would be a full version of Windows that would offer limited to no support for the customer – hence it would be cheaper.
If true, this would mark a change in Microsoft’s licensing plans for Windows 8 and would simplify the SKU structure..