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New Unlockable versions
- If you buy one version you'll be able to upgrade to other versions for the difference instead of a whole new copy of the OS. Possibly without need anything more than a new auth key (not sure about that).

Here is a [link|http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4754462.stm|BBC] article that shows a bit of what Microsoft has in mind. There are going to be more then 6 versions of Vista for sale, and not in the NT sense where they are specalized versions for specific hardware.

I suspect the upgrade thing is aimed at the home market with basic / premium / ultimate versions which will differ only in what utilities and eye candy are enabled. Computers will come with one package that is really all versions, but only the basic part will be unlocked. You can then buy a key from MS to unlock the "upgrade" and download the additional applications. This will let MS extract some more money while keeping the price low for white box assemblers.

Personally I think MS is making a mistake here. Unnecessary internal division of market for the purpose of extracting more money is one of the hallmarks of a dominant company in the last gasp of the buisness cycle before falling. It confuses and angers customers who favored the dominant company becuase they where the easy choice, while making clear that the company has few compelling new products / features to sell.

Jay


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Windows Vista "Ultimate".


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New Should be "Ultimatum"
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New This is what I was just saying below
Users will know they're being screwed, so if they're going to want high-end they'll buy something else. By the time you're ready to "upgrade" to the next version you're going to want new hardware anyway.
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New Ackshully though.. Tektronix and The Beast in same post?
{Shudder}

Some models of Tek scopes came with board populated with parts for features that were activated in upscale models; only thing that made economic sense at assembly. Others at least had the spaces on the MB. (The up-scale had a diff. model designation and new front panel, in some cases - maybe extra switches. So it wasn't quite as simple as flipping a switch from Redmond, say.)

All moot now, out of production - and the how-tos are Out There, too.

But it just Sounds awfuller when one knows the personalities behind it. And their non-prison (yet) record.

     So, can someone tell me what's new in Vista? - (Arkadiy) - (16)
         All the other software that quits working when you upgrade -NT - (bepatient)
         off the top of my head - (altmann) - (10)
             More catching up, in other words. -NT - (admin)
             Nothing compelling? - (Another Scott) - (1)
                 Short answer: No. -NT - (pwhysall)
             How many of those are XP PowerToys already? (At least 1.) -NT - (CRConrad) - (1)
                 The really big deal is search - (pwhysall)
             Unlockable versions - (JayMehaffey) - (4)
                 Worst. Named. Product. EvAr. - (pwhysall) - (1)
                     Should be "Ultimatum" -NT - (ben_tilly)
                 This is what I was just saying below - (drewk)
                 Ackshully though.. Tektronix and The Beast in same post? - (Ashton)
         Interesting take on it from /. - (pwhysall) - (3)
             They are, but I'd reason about it differently - (ben_tilly)
             The major problem IMO with the analogy - (drewk) - (1)
                 I think at least half those editions will be dropped - (pwhysall)

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