stevech wrote:I don't like Microsoft's monopoly either, but some of us would prefer to pay $80 every 4 years to them.
I think the problem is that Microsoft have changed their business model.
Windows 10 is effectively free, as Microsoft have now decided that for most users they will get their money via in OS advertising and gathering your personal usage data in order, most probably to advertise to you, or your family or associates etc.
(Well I know Win 10 isn't technically free), MS are rolling it out as a free upgrade to everyone, and they would not be doing this all for free if they didn't intend Win 10 to be a money generator by some other means.
Perhaps the corporate versions will be different, but at the moment MS appears to be going down a rather undesirable business model with Win 10.
PS. Like you I have no option but to use Windows. As the majority of the software I used is not available for Linux (and sometimes not for OSX) and even if it is available for OSX, it generally doesnt work quite the same as on Windows, which can lead to compatibility problems.
I actually have to run OSX as well, as I need to deploy to iOS and OSX, but I don't have a need for Linux for business as its not required by my clients as a target platform (unless you count Android