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Is Microsoft really going to pass on retail for Windows 8?

Wow, file this under “Dislike”: According to WPCentral, according to Chinese site WPDang, Microsoft will NOT be selling Windows 8 at retail. That means you have to purchase a PC with W8 pre-loaded, buy a PC with W7 and get a coupon for W8, or already own a certified copy of XP, Vista, or W7 and go through the online update process.

Who looses here? The computer-savvy build-exactly-what-I-want users and the I-don’t-have-any-Internet or I-have-dial-up users.

I’ve built my own machines. In fact, I took a lighting strike to my PC in June and I’m slowly saving the funds to rebuild it. (I can make it better, faster. And I will name it Steve Austin.) So I really, really, Really do NOT like the sound of that.

Now, keep in mind, however, that this is a RUMOR. I sincerely hope it stays that way.