Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 8th Jan 2006 04:53 UTC
Windows Microsoft plans to market several versions of Vista but will distribute all of the OS bits with every product shipped so users can easily unlock and step up to more full-featured versions using electronic keys, sources said.
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RE: So let me get this straight...
by Ravyne on Sun 8th Jan 2006 05:42 UTC in reply to "So let me get this straight..."
Ravyne
Member since:
2006-01-08

Please! you might be embarassed to know that your bias is showing ;)

They want to sell different packages of components, at presumably different price points to presumably different user catagories. As a convenience for those who may want components from other packages as an upgrade they've placed them on the disc so that they won't have to be downloaded. Yes they're charging extra, but its probably cheaper than the mega-pro version that includes all the features you want. This isn't Microsoft forcing you to pay for things you NEED, its making purchase of things you WANT easier. Theres not going to be a "Windows Vista: File System Edition" or "Windows Vista: Keyboard and Mouse Edition" for chrisakes.

They're not locking you out of rooms you've already paid for, they're letting you add on to your house. Would you feel better if the same additional packages had to be downloaded or if you had to purchase "Windows Vista: Super-Mega-Pro Edition" to get them all? Would that make you feel less cheated?

Isn't the one-size-fits-all mentality of Windows something that we've cried for the change to? Isn't a windows that is appearantly so modular that we can simply add components to exactly what we have wanted? Isn't the choice to purchase exactly what we want and only what we want for a fair price a Good Thing? Will you only be satisfied when they give you everything for free?

Finally they take a step in the right direction and 2/4 postings are crying fowl. Typical knee-jerk anti-Microsoft sentiment or a case of "Carefull what you wish for"? You decide.

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Windows Sucks Member since:
2005-11-10

We want modular not a toll os. LOL!

Ms has 50 billion in the bank, why they got to play games with you. Why can't they be like they been and give you the whole thing!

Oh no they got to rob you one last time before their OS revenue dies! And since according to Balmer Vista will be the last major OS release they want to get you good!

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VenomousGecko Member since:
2005-07-06

Where is it said that this is going to be the last major OS release from Microsoft?

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reinwoerstz Member since:
2006-01-08

Windows only "Sucks" to people who are too bloody stingey or poor. Freeware normally will never be as good as a payed for product. What has Microsoft done to you? Asked you to pay for their operating system that cost them alot of developing time?

Ridiculous.

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Ms has 50 billion in the bank, why they got to play games with you. Why can't they be like they been and give you the whole thing!

Oh no they got to rob you one last time before their OS revenue dies! And since according to Balmer Vista will be the last major OS release they want to get you good!


Well, of course you're right. And along with the OS, they should also throw in Office and VS.NET Enterprise. Hell, while we're at it, would you like the keys to Balmer's car?

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happycamper Member since:
2006-01-01

I don't think Microsoft is doing this to make it cheaper or easier. they are probably doing this to cut down on piracy. MS will probably sell a base install disc to get
parts of vista loaded into the hard drive like the kernel and the installer,and a few programs, not the essantial programs that many depend on,etc. And when the user needs to download those essential programs to make the OS useable MS might first validate the OS to see if it's legal probably using some sort of crytography, if it is legal then the rest of the OS will be installed. But i can be wrong.

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