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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In the land of the blind...
by earksiinni on Mon 20th Sep 2010 15:57 UTC
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Ahhh...the smell of sweet, sweet editorial bias in the morning.

The title of the original article: "Intel wants to charge $50 to unlock stuff your CPU can already do"

Perhaps an alternative title: "Intel to disable features and lower prices by $50"?

The truth is that we don't know what pricing model Intel is going to use for this system. The photo in the article mentions upgrading "from 2- to 4-way multi-task processing" among other things, which I'm assuming refers to cores. News: not everyone needs four cores, and plenty of people would pay $20 less, even $10 less.

Many of these people wouldn't even upgrade a CPU anyway. For all we know, Intel's target demographic with this model are the people who buy a new computer once it's "broken" by malware and viruses. Those guys weren't going to be upgrading anyway, but they'll be roped in by cheaper prices.

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