Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/01/18/live_chat_win_8_licensing/

LIVE TODAY: Windows 8 licensing - Speak your brains, believe your eyes

The fine print explained: today at 14:00 GMT, 9.00 Eastern, 6.00 PT

By Gavin Clarke

Posted in Cloud, 18th January 2013 11:19 GMT

Taking a snow day today? You might want to join your fellow Reg readers in assessing what Windows 8 actually costs. We don’t mean in the sense of estimating the financial fallout of poor Q4 sales for Microsoft and the PC makers, but rather: what do you get for your money?

Putting Metro aside and forgetting the fact you must buy a brand new PC, there’s another set of considerations that – as ever – are being overlooked by a tech- and gadget-obsessed press.

That is software licensing and the upfront costs of Windows 8, especially when buying it in large numbers, along with a consideration of the fine print of the terms and conditions that Microsoft has attached to its new client.

Join Reg software editor Gavin Clarke, Microsoft licensing analyst Paul DeGroot - hosting his Microsoft licensing bootcamp next week - and readers for a Live Chat on:

You can join the Windows 8 Live Chat on 22 Jan at 14.00 GMT, 9.00 Eastern and 6.00 Pacific; you can also sign up for a reminder in the window below. ®