Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 6th Apr 2008 09:38 UTC, submitted by Francis Kuntz
Windows Ars analyses the concept of a modular Windows, and concludes: "Modularization - and the discriminatory pricing it permits - might appeal to accountants and economists. But it is bad for consumers, bad for Windows, and ultimately, bad for Microsoft. A modularized Windows, or worse still, a modularized subscription-based Windows, undermines the purpose and value of the Windows OS. If it comes to pass it will surely sound the death knell of the entire Windows platform."
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Comment by miles
by miles on Sun 6th Apr 2008 21:22 UTC
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Considering I'd only use Windows for the games (and virtualised for Naturally Speaking), I'd say yes to a 30$ license with just DirectX.

No web browser, no file manager, no Windows Media, no small games, no notepad, no firewall (I prefer installing it myself, thanks), no Paint, no search, no MSN, no MSN games (what?), no Outlook Express.

Although I don't think that's what Microsoft has in mind - the cheapest version will still be around
130-199$ (box, I still have 2 OEM Windows I'm not "legally" supposed to use).

Anyway, you seem to be sad it's going to hurt Windows. In my book, anything that hurts Windows is good for the OS ecosystem, and for the user.

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