Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 19th Sep 2010 20:32 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Intel On a Windows Vista or Vindows 7 disk, all versions of the operating system are present, from Starter to Ultimate, and everything in between. So, if you want too upgrade to a more capable version of Windows down the road, all you need to do is pop the Windows disk in, let Windows Anytime Upgrade do its thing, and you're done. It seems like Intel is experimenting with a similar technology... For its processors.
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by kaiwai on Mon 20th Sep 2010 04:04 UTC
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People are talking about 'speed' where as I think what will happen are features will be disabled and enabled when they pay extra - for example, why should an end user be forced to pay the virtualisation feature when they might never use it, or encryption acceleration features and so forth. The cost to Intel of keeping the features on the chip is probably cheaper than removing them but it enables them to sell a cheaper chip and then allow people to upgrade without replacing the chip. The cost to keep the feature on the chip maybe a few cents but the cost to upgrade will be $50 meaning that the margins will be massive in terms of after sale upgrades.

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