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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Whatever the price...
by cmost on Tue 23rd Dec 2008 00:35 UTC
cmost
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2006-07-16

People can argue about the pricing differences between
Windows and Mac OSX ad nauseum. What it comes down to in my book is SKUs and fair use, as well as fair market value. I was once a loyal Windows user; I waited in line the night that Windows 95 launched. At the time, there was only one version of consumer Windows and that was 95. Professionals waited a year later for NT 4.0. I then proceeded to faithfully upgrade to each successive version: 98, 98SE (thankfully I skipped ME) and finally I moved over to Windows 2000. I did this at a hefty price no less. By the time XP came out with myriad of versions and draconian activation I'd decided I had enough and made the leap to Linux. (I haven't looked back since.) I think that someone upgrading from the immediately preceding version of Windows should pay less than someone who's upgrading from a version further down the line. For example, Vista users should pay substantially less to upgrade to Windows 7 than XP users or Windows 2000 users (who probably won't be elligible for upgrades anyway, knowing Microsoft.) Furthermore, Microsoft needs to go back to the KISS principle: Keep It Simple Stupid! There should be no more than two versions of Windows 7: Personal and Professional and these should cost no more than $75.00 and $125.00 respectively (full retail.) The OS should be lean and mean and contain nothing more than the essentials. Any other superfluous features such as themes, Media Center, Movie editing, games, etc., should be available via separate PLUS! packs. Users should be allowed to install their copy on two machines: desktop and a notebook. A family license should be available for households that contain 3 to 5 computers. Is this too much to ask? So much in this world has been destroyed in the name of greed.

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