M$’s business plan is to tax IT and it has worked for decades. Now, Australians are mad as Hell and tired of taking it:
“Windows costing too much? Switch to a free operating system like GNU/Linux or any of the BSDs. The latter are free not only in terms of money but also give you a chance to access the source code and change what you like.
Microsoft Office costing the earth? Move to the free office suites LibreOffice or Apache OpenOffice. Hardly anyone uses more than 20 per cent of the features that are available in MS Office anyway. And the free suites do not lock you in to proprietary formats”
There are few reasons consumers “need” that other OS. They are not heavy users of applications other than browsers and media-players which abound in FLOSS and GNU/Linux. Quit grumbling about paying premium prices for M$’s stuff and use Free Software. It will work for you and not for M$.