Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd May 2009 20:55 UTC
Windows Windows 7 Starter Edition, a sort of My First Operating System, always carried with it a massive braindead bug feature that limited the amount of applications you could simultaniously have open at just three. Yes, past tense, because someone over in Redmond apparently looked up and smelled the roses, and suggested removing this silly limitation. And so they did, according to Paul Thurrot.
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Can we say "money grab"?
by phoenix on Fri 22nd May 2009 22:17 UTC
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Talk about over-differentiation for no good reason other than to try and milk the consumer for as much as possible, as many times over as possible.

You'd think, by now, they would have learned their lesson. They had it right back in the NT 3/4 days, when there was a client OS and a server OS. Done. KISS.

With these SKUs, that puts them at what, almost 10 variations on the same OS? Ridiculous is an understatement.

They really should reduce it down to three SKUs: server, business, home.

Come on, MS, it's not rocket science. Get the bean counters out of marketing, get the marketing droids out of the dev groups, and get the devs back to working on nice, simple, clearly delineated products.

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RE: Can we say "money grab"?
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 22nd May 2009 22:23 in reply to "Can we say "money grab"?"
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They really should reduce it down to three SKUs: server, business, home.

On the desktop side, Home and Professional would do - and we here in the west will see only Windows 7 Home Premium and Professional, so we're covered. The rest of the world - sadly - is not.

The server world is different. A small company really needs a different solution than say a big web 2.0 company, and they both need a different solution than schools, and even those need something else than the HPC market, and so on.

For the server world, a component model would be best. You select which features you need, MS rolls an image from that, and sells it to you. This way, everyone could buy JUST what they needed. Need more components? Just buy them, and add them to your installations.

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RE: Can we say "money grab"?
by poundsmack on Fri 22nd May 2009 22:49 in reply to "Can we say "money grab"?"
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contrary to popular belief, Microsoft is not a stupid company and are fairly good at making money any way they can. that being said, they stick with aproaches that make them the most revenu with the least amount of effort. the multiple sku thing works for them. sure its anoying to us knowledgeable customers, but to the masses its fairly transparent.

That being said, marketing is either the first or the last thing in a company that gets tranformed when there is a shifting in economic tide. MS has changed their game a bit on the developer end being more more open about the OS and its developemnt and so on. But it comes as no suprise that their marketing and sales department do not share the same game plan and are still playing the, "milki the customer for all their worth" game. But, as vista and XP proved, it works for them (sadly) so until it stops working as a profitable marketing tacktic they willl likely just keep running with it.

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RE: Can we say "money grab"?
by gustl on Sat 23rd May 2009 18:26 in reply to "Can we say "money grab"?"
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They really should reduce it down to three SKUs: server, business, home.

Why even that?
With Linux distros you always get the full package. The ultimate server+desktop+home edition.
I do not see a reason why a Windows user at home should not be willing to mount an NFS share from some other machine.

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RE[2]: Can we say "money grab"?
by Asystole on Sat 23rd May 2009 19:57 in reply to "RE: Can we say "money grab"?"
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And if there was one big do-everything version, you'd be complaining about bloat.

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