Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jul 2007 18:37 UTC, submitted by Rojen Kwojic
Windows Five months after its introduction, Microsoft is discontinuing a program that offered some Windows Vista purchasers the ability to buy additional copies of the operating system at a substantial discount. Since Windows Vista went on sale to consumers at the end of January, US and Canadian buyers of Vista Ultimate have had the option of buying up to two additional copies of Vista - albeit the Home Premium version - for an additional USD 50 apiece. The company had said it would re-evaluate the 'Windows Vista Family Discount' after 30 June. In a posting on the Windows Vista Team Blog, Microsoft product manager Nick White said the program would 'sunset' as of 11.59pm PDT on 30 June.
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Duh!
by cmost on Mon 2nd Jul 2007 19:05 UTC
cmost
Member since:
2006-07-16

Why wouldn't they want to milk families for every penny they can get? They're Microsoft! This is a stupid move. Today's families have multiple computers; many people have both a desktop and a laptop. One shouldn't be expected to pay full price for multiple copies of Windows for PCs within a family, especially when that price is around $300.00 per copy. Thankfully, not everyone runs Windows.

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RE: Duh!
by tomcat on Mon 2nd Jul 2007 20:02 in reply to "Duh!"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

No, the fact of the matter is the overwhelming majority of people don't upgrade their computers to a new OS: They simply get it installed by an OEM when they purchase the computer. So, consequently, this program was serving a minute fraction of the market. My guess is that the sales volume for this promotion couldn't justify its existence.

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RE: Duh!
by vimh on Mon 2nd Jul 2007 20:24 in reply to "Duh!"
vimh Member since:
2006-02-04

I'm not sure if it's a stupid move. It could be that people were not buying into it.

What I would do is buy the OEM version. I have three machines at home capable of running Vista at home. If I made use of the Family Discount, it would have been $500. That's a good savings over say three copies of Home Premium at $240 a pop.

However an OEM of is about $120 (for home Premium). So based on that price, the Family deal wasn't any good.

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RE[2]: Duh!
by Moochman on Tue 3rd Jul 2007 03:38 in reply to "RE: Duh!"
Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

Edit: nothing to say after all...

Edited 2007-07-03 03:40

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