Linked by David Adams on Fri 2nd Mar 2012 15:55 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Windows By all early reports, Windows 8 is going to be a good operating system. Microsoft's hegemony may be crumbling in a mobile computing onslaught, but its core empire remains undimmed. However, whereas Windows 7 had three versions, Windows 8 will apparently be ballooning to 9 versions.
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jabbotts
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2007-09-06

If the added features are not "plugable" then there is something broken with the OS architecture to begin with. They could easily have designed the "value add" features to be more plugable. I honestly don't believe the difference between Win7 Home, Win7 Pro and Win7 Ultimate are as great as the "plugable is hard" theory would suggest.

They could easily offer Win7 Workstation and Win7 Server both with more customizable install options to support individual needs if the business objective was the maximize benefit for the customer not maximize profit. It is purely to provide synthetic differences for the justification of multiple sku price points; get each target customer for as much profit margin as that cross-section will tolerate.

Yeah, I know.. it's not going to change any time soon and MS isn't the only company doing it.

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