Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Oct 2009 17:50 UTC
Microsoft Software licensing. As home users, it's already an incomprehensible mess of legalese that nobody cares one bit about. However - we home users have it easy. The situation for business users and people managing IT departments is even worse (proprietary software, mostly, of course). Microsoft is a major culprit in this regard, and while the company acknowledges that the situation is messy, they claim they can't really do anything about it.
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They Want Complexity...
by christianhgross on Mon 5th Oct 2009 20:23 UTC in reply to "RE: Nonesense"
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That is a pile of crap!

You are saying that all servers should be charged for 1000. How about we do the following. We charge 650 for each, and we get the magic number of 1300.

My point is that Microsoft very well knows what they charge and when. They have the statistics to simplify the cost structure so that it would work.

BUT the problem is that Microsoft wants to make more money. Thus instead of charging 650 they charge 850 and say, "hey look you have a bargain because servers are cheaper." But people look at the bottom line and say, "wait you are charging me more..."

This is the crux of the entire Microsoft price debate. Microsoft wants to charge to the waazoo but is unable to do so and hence by doing "special" clauses they can.

Look at their MSDN subscription pricing. It is absolutely insane, when originally it was about 1000 USD, now that same subscription costs about 3000.

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