Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 19th Sep 2010 20:32 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Intel On a Windows Vista or Vindows 7 disk, all versions of the operating system are present, from Starter to Ultimate, and everything in between. So, if you want too upgrade to a more capable version of Windows down the road, all you need to do is pop the Windows disk in, let Windows Anytime Upgrade do its thing, and you're done. It seems like Intel is experimenting with a similar technology... For its processors.
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So what is to keep them from turning this in to a subscription model. They they could tell you that the L1 cache on your processor is something you can license for the next 12 months. Once it expire, the feature goes away unless you pay to re-up your subscription. Sounds like a way for them to make money in a world where CPU power has plateaued and software does not push users into hardware upgrades every few years.

Edited 2010-09-21 02:18 UTC

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