Reflections: A Hard Sell

I see you in the bottom right corner of my screen. And for the umpteenth time I banish you. No, I do not want to upgrade to Windows 10, no matter how much you are shoving “It’s free!,” into my face. I do not care.

It may be that the blatant cash-grab model of “Free 2 Play” – or “Fee 2 Pay” depending how you look at it – has jaded me over the past few years, and you may call me an ungrateful jackass. I do not mind. And I do not care. I have a setup on Windows 8. I finally got used to its Xbox-wannabe interface and so far I have had no issues with it. The games I play work on Windows 8. The editing and music software I use works on Windows 8.

Tell me, how is upgrading my OS – even if it is free – a good idea when everything works perfectly and smoothly? I do not see a gain here. I see a risk. And I am not going to play Russian roulette with an as-perfect-as-I-can-conceive computer setup.

It may cost me nothing, but what is in it for me?

The answer is “benefits down the road,” but that rubs me the wrong way. The upgrade is not going to stay free forever. Why is the massive corporation attempting to lure people in with promises yet to be fulfilled? Colour me jaded, but every alarm bell inside my head is ringing.

So, thanks to Microsoft for the offer, but I think I would rather cough up the cash when there is something tangible in it for me – not just vague promises of sunshine, lollipops and rainbows… eventually.