Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Feb 2009 20:16 UTC
Windows Microsoft has confirmed that an upgrade license for Windows 7 from Windows XP will be available, but there is a catch: users will have to wipe their hard drive and perform a clean install - so technically, it's not an upgrade. Still, the upgrade license will probably be cheaper than the full license, so it might just be worth it.
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RE[2]: Innuendo
by sargek on Fri 6th Feb 2009 19:01 UTC in reply to "RE: Innuendo"
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"Who's willing to put 300 or 400 dollars for starters for the OS plus all the addons you have to throw in at windows in order to be as capable as an out-of-the-box linux desktop, for example, plus possible hardware updates, every 3 years? I don't think 90% of people/enterprises will like to keep that kind of pace... sounds like a double-edged sword, doesn't it?"

Well, most businesses generally update hardware every 3 years anyway. Computer hardware as a rule depreciates to being worth $0 after 3 years by current bean counter rules. All the gamers and admins I know upgrade at that rate as well on personal systems.

I do agree about the cost as it becomes way too steep for software alone.

They have to upgrade the hardware because the new version of Windows and Windows software requires it. Actually, "old" hardware is very sufficient for most business tasks, but certainly not running Windows. Hardware gets better and better, faster and faster, but software also gets more and more resource intensive when it doesn't have to, forcing continual hardware upgrades.

It's kind of a vicious cycle unfotunately...we are becoming conditioned to upgrade our systems but we really don't have to. The US government for example, could probably save billions if they switched away from Windows and started using Opensource. They would not need to replace hardware every 2 or 3 years. Of course then that cuts into Microsoft's profits so we can't have that now can we...

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