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  • Windows Vista Is About To Get Cheaper

    Looks like I'm the first one to catch this. Microsoft put up a Q&A on PressPass with Brad Brooks . He's the CVP of Windows Consumer Product marketing, and he announced that Microsoft is dropping the price of retail-packaged product (RPP) versions of Windows Vista when the SP1 version hits the shelves...
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  • Microsoft Introduces $3 Windows Bundle for Emerging Markets

    Kudos to Microsoft for making the right move. My good friend Jed Rose, former manager of the Windows Featured Communities team, came out of hiding a few minutes ago and told me a bit about the project he's been working on for the last 8 weeks. Today, Microsoft is announcing that, sometime in the second...
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  • Vista Brute Force Crack Steals From Consumers, NOT Microsoft

    It seems that people are really desperate NOT to pay for Windows . It seems that someone who was "just testing his VBScripting skills" has posted a routine that attempts to activate a pirated copy of Windows Vista by brute force. That means that the script increments through methodically generated keys...
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  • Understanding the True Cost of Windows

    Today, CNet's Ina Fried posted a story entitled " Is Windows getting more expensive? " It's a pretty good read, and pretty well-balanced. Unfortunately, it's extremely light on data. She started to really dig into it, but stopped when she should have kept going. Fortunately, I can change all that. Well...
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  • The True Cost of Windows, Part 1 - Conclusion(s)

    Now that we've accumulated all of the data, it's time to see if my hypothesis passes the litmus test. Interpretations – Basic Home SKUs The first thing to point out is the fact that, though prices increased pretty dramatically before 1995, they've leveled out since then, and with XP, they actually went...
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  • The True Cost of Windows, Part 1 - Evidence

    You didn't think I'd go though all this without some rock-solid data, would you? Basic Home SKUs Below is the breakdown of the Windows pricing for the entry-level editions. IMPORTANT: Here's how the table should be interpreted. The first two columns are the MSRPs listed in the press releases. The second...
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  • The True Cost of Windows, Part 1 - Introduction

    Now that Vista is out in the wild, lots of people are pontificating on whether or not it is worth upgrading to Vista. Ina Fried posted about this subject just yesterday . Sure, over the last few months, I've laid out my own reasons as well. But instead of having a psychological debate over security improvements...
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  • Microsoft and Customers: The Story Behind The Family Discount

    Think that Microsoft doesn't listen to customers? The Windows Vista Family Discount proves otherwise. Here's how it came to be. Last year, I ranted several times about the price of Windows and how it becomes extraordinarily difficult for multiple-PC families to upgrade all of their computers to the next...
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  • Understanding the Windows Vista Family Discount

    On Tuesday, Mary Jo broke the news about the Windows Vista Family Discount . Today, Microsoft made the formal announcement , and Joe Wilcox immediately lambasted it as a bad idea (no surprise there). The problem is that Joe based his analysis on incomplete information. Fortunately for you, dear readers...
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  • OTG for the Holidays

    I'm headed to Colorado to visit my family for Christmas (was supposed to go on the 20th, but the blizzard screwed with those plans), so I'll be Off The Grid for most of the rest of the year. Before I leave, I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christahanukwanzakah (how's THAT for all inclusive?) and...
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