Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 19th Feb 2006 13:35 UTC
Windows After months of maintaining that it had not yet finalized its Windows Vista line up, Microsoft seems finally to have decided upon a half dozen core Vista versions. According to a posting on its Web site, Microsoft is readying six core Vista packages, or SKUs, plus two additional releases customized for the European Union that won't bundle in Windows Media Player, as ordered by European antitrust regulators.
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by DrillSgt on Mon 20th Feb 2006 02:25 UTC in reply to "RE"
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"Maybe you should look up what gouge means."

The full term in my email was "price gouge". Price gouging means to charge what is considered an unfair price in the market. The usual Microsft pricing may be deemed as unfair for the following facts:

1.) Windows XP Pro Retail costs $299 USD.
2.) Windows XP Home sells for $199 retail USD
3.) Windows XP Pro in the Microsft Company Store, which sells at cost, sells for $40 USD.
3.) Mac OS X Sells for $129 USD retail
4.) Linux versions such as Suse sell for $70 USD retail

Considering the prices of Mac OS X and Suse Linux, and the $159 USD difference between cost and retail for Windows XP Pro, I consider that price gouging.

So yes, I know what price gouging is, and the above facts depict why I consider Microsoft to be price gouging. It is all relative, as what one person deems unfair another may deem perfectly acceptable, and I respect that. My point of the first email was to hope they brought pricing down to match the way I understand currently Microsoft plans to distribute Vista.

Edit: Corrected typo and changed "prie" to "price"

Edited 2006-02-20 02:29

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