It's not "shady", what they want to prevent is having to cut checks to everyone that bought a relatively inexpensive software app that they've already recognized as revenue. I think it's more of an accounting issue, if anything.
When they made the decision to give away software instead of charging for it, they have to set rules and live by those rules.
I think some people take it a little too personally, but there are certain things that they have to consider when they make these decisions.
If they get enough flack about it, they might do something, but whenever you buy something ultimately it's buyer beware and if Apple wants to offer iWork for free for people that bought the software or computer prior to the date they have specified, then they might change their position, but I wouldn't expect it.
You can always return the product you bought, get a refund, if it's within 30 days and then repurchase the product. :-)
October 1 is the beginning of a new quarter.
Unfortunately, I think Accounting might have been involved with this decision and they look at it from a bean counting perspective.
They might offer Gift Cards, did you ask for that? I'd call them back and talk to a manager. Did you talk to a manager? The regular people can only do what Upper management tells them, but managers can sometimes override things. Remember, these are people and they may WANT to give you free product, but they can violate policies and lose their job over it. so ask to speak to a manager. Be nice because they are just doing their job and don't always have ultimate say-so. Otherwise, send Tim Cook an email. [email protected] is his email address, or send him a handwritten document explaining you would love to use Pages, BUT since it didn't come with it, you have to use a pen and paper instead. :-)
Oh, if you call them up and speak to a manager, PLEAD, BEG with sugar on top and get over emotional about it and tell them you'll be their best friend and ask for a gift card. They might do it. :-)
But giving away Mavericks for free to anyone that could've had Snow Leopard isn't an accounting issue....?
jaytotheford wrote: »
I'm no tech guru, but Apple builds devices that integrate with its desktop and laptops. Why would they build a tablet that replaces the need for a basic computer?
Apple also announced the updates to OSX is free, referring to Windows not being free. But Windows 8.1 is also a free upgrade so there actually priced the same. If you buy a PC it comes with Windows, if you buy a Mac it comes with OS X and the latest update for both a[re] free.
You're wrong. Consider November 2009 when Windows 7 and OS X Snow Leopard were available.
If you bought a Windows 7 machine then you'd have to pay Microsoft to upgrade it to the current Windows 8.1.
If you bought a Snow Leopard Mac in 2009 then the upgrade to the current Mavericks is free.
Hmm.. interesting claim. I'll have to try the surface to see if I can really be productive...
ascii wrote: »
When I was watching the Apple Event and they said "We now have full document compatibility across iOS and Mac," I briefly wondered if they had just discarded the old Mac version and ported the iOS version across. With the lost functionality people are now seeing I'm wondering that again.
Come on the Surface is a "some assembly required", needed parts sold separately (the keyboard) laptop.
Compare it to a Macbook Air?
Instant argument destroyer, but you know that given your background.
Microsoft has gone from inept to pathetic to whining loser!
I just bought a 15" retina, backed up my 2008 MacBook, I had iLife and iWork, I loaded my time machine backup and had no issues with downloading all the free stuff except I now seem to have two GarageBands.
Microsoft has been holding off on releasing Office for iOS for the iPad purposely so they can try to gain market share with the Surface products, but what Microsoft doesn't get is that tablets are not always used with an office product where the user NEEDS or even WANTS a full blown application. I would argue that MOST people don't even use most of the features of Office. I certainly never did. The only reason why I use Office on my Mac is because i would get forms sent to me that were Excel based and I had to use Office. I got upset because I was using an older version of Office that worked just fine with my own spreadsheets but had to buy the 2011 version because some company sent me a later version Excel document where I had to upgrade. Yeah, I had to spend another $100+ just to fill out some stupid Excel form for some financial institution.
I think Microsoft should just get off their asses and release the iOS version of Office for the iPad and STFU and just make money the way they are used to making money.
Didn't they say a year ago they were releasing Office for iPads that was free and pay as you go? What happened? Poor Surface sales?