Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st Aug 2011 19:42 UTC
Windows Over the past few days, Microsoft has been talking about improvements made to Windows 8 on its 'Building Windows 8' blog at MSDN. Strangely enough, the improvements mentioned were either dealing with the classic desktop, or were demonstrated using the classic desktop - and not the fancy Metro user interface which is supposed to be Windows 8's big new thing. Today's post finally gives a little more detail about how the classic and Metro UI work together, but questions still remain.
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Microsoft's Daft Prices
by Richard Dale on Thu 1st Sep 2011 16:23 UTC
Richard Dale
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On Dell's Spanish website a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium costs 197 euros, and a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate cost 311 euros. You can actually buy quite a nice computer for the cost of these OS's. A Dell netbook or a Zino are priced about the same as Home Premium and Ultimate respectively, even though they include a Microsoft OS. An upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium, where you already own a copy of an older Windows, even costs 125 euros. Or if you have a Dell netbook with Windows 7 Starter it will cost you 82 euros to upgrade to Home Premium.

Obviously tablets are very price sensitive, and if they cost 100-300 euros more than they otherwise would, then people won't buy them. If your tablet drops into something as ugly as the proposed new Windows 8 Explorer UI, then people won't buy them either, even if they cost as little as a Meego/Android/Plasma Active tablet without that extra 100-300 euros Microsoft tax.

I can only see the combination in Windows 8, of Windows Phone 7 Metro style and Windows 7 'ugly style' as a way of holding up revenues. It doesn't appear to be something anyone other than Microsoft would want to have. I just don't understand how Microsoft is charging more for their OSs than they were a few years ago when the hardware was nearly 10 times as expensive. It only works if they have a monopoly as they do for pre-installed desktop OSs. But they don't have a monopoly on tablets, and I just don't see how they can possibly get away with charging the same money for a tablet OS as they do for a desktop OS.

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