Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Dec 2008 22:26 UTC, submitted by rexstuff
Windows Windows Vista has been out and about for a while now, and it has already been updated with a service pack, with a second service pack on its way. Vista's successor, Windows 7, is also getting closer and closer to release, but despite all that, Windows XP is still going strong, and demand for the operating system remains high. Because of that, Microsoft has yet again extended Windows XP's lifetime for OEMs and resellers.
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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by darknexus on Mon 22nd Dec 2008 23:58 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
darknexus
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2008-07-15

Hey, I here ya ;) . I'm a Mac user as well.
I'm not sure you'll get Windows as cheap as you want it, but they really could just make one freaking edition and that's it. The only reason Apple can offer OS X as cheap as they do is because they make money off of Mac sales. Microsoft doesn't make much money off of individual PC sales, so they compensate. Plus, people will buy it, and they know that. Vendor lock-in plays a part in this. To Apple, your additional OS X purchases are regarded as upgrades. Even though they can be installed cleanly, the idea is that you bought that disk to upgrade from a previous version of OS X. You've already got an OS X license, which you paid for at the same time as your Mac--a package deal, if you will. It's a different mentality. Also, they're trying to make their os more attractive to both individuals and enterprises at the moment.
And how long do you think it would be, if OS X were to ever run on standard PCs officially, before an activation scheme would be introduced? At the moment, Apple really doesn't have to worry about it, but they'd implement something in a heartbeat if piracy of OS X became as rampant as it is with Windows.
Don't get me wrong, I love OS X and the Mac platform. I'm glad OS X is so cheap compared to Windows, and I'm glad there's no activation. Just trying to point out why this is the case, and that it is like comparing Apples and oranges (yes, pun intended).

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RE[4]: Comment by Kroc
by sbergman27 on Tue 23rd Dec 2008 00:21 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Kroc"
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2005-07-24

The only reason Apple can offer OS X as cheap as they do is because they make money off of Mac sales.

This message brought to you (in living color) from the surreal parallel universe in which OS X is inexpensive.

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RE[5]: Comment by Kroc
by darknexus on Tue 23rd Dec 2008 00:45 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Kroc"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

OS X is, in and of itself, inexpensive at $129 USD as compared to Microsoft's pricing. I never said it was the cheapest os around, and I never said Macs were cheap. I was making a comparative point. No reason to get nasty.

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