Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 8th Jan 2006 04:53 UTC
Windows Microsoft plans to market several versions of Vista but will distribute all of the OS bits with every product shipped so users can easily unlock and step up to more full-featured versions using electronic keys, sources said.
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this makes sense
by PlatformAgnostic on Sun 8th Jan 2006 14:48 UTC
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This idea makes a lot of sense. Like with the home/pro distinction. Sure they are essentially the same OS in almost every way, but pro has features that represent extra time spent by microsoft to make XP an OS for business, including multiproc support, IIS 5.1, and DACLs. They couldn't truly get rid of DACLs for the Home edition because they are so ingrained in NT, so they made an "artificial" limit by making them harder to access. They disabled these features and sold the OS to the home masses who don't need them at a cheaper price, which makes a ton of sense.

Microsoft hasn't changed prices on their software in ages, so it is getting cheaper due to inflation. It's also getting more feature-rich. Sure they are a monopoly and it might be cheaper if there were competitors, but there aren't any and MS isn't such a terrible exploitative monopoly (otherwise they would have raised prices).

Sure they've produced the software and given the code to you on discs, but if you're not willing to pay for the cost of the whole package why should you get the whole thing? Does grandma really need IIS 6 on her box, for instance?

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