Linked by Smith Johnson on Thu 27th Sep 2007 15:22 UTC
Windows According to at least one blogger, Microsoft should abandon Vista before it's too late. It would appear he's not alone in this opinion, as Microsoft has begun allowing users to downgrade back to XP. Amongst the reasons? Poor sales figures and shoddy Vista "Extras".
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RE: yes
by Joe User on Thu 27th Sep 2007 18:13 UTC in reply to "yes"
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They should but they won't. For pride. They don't want to look more ridiculous than they already are.

At first sight I thought this news was ridiculous, but I find myself in the same case, I installed Vista and reverted to XP.

Microsoft should have gone the annual subscription way. No need for everending bloat to justify new paid upgrades. Just keep up-to date a better and better product with very little changes, make it more and more secure with no bloat, don't ask people to upgrade, but charge a yearly fee. Heck, you pay $400 for a Windows XP licence that you keep 6 years, if you charge on a monthly basis a subscription fee, that would be $5.5 a month, it's something anybody can afford, and Microsoft would make as much money.

If I were to decide for Microsoft, I would offer both Vista and XP, and I would charge monthly or yearly. I would be able to charge even a little bit more, no one would notice, and I would dedicate less staff for development, basically only what's needed to keep XP up-to-date and more secure. It's all that's needed.

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