“Why does Windows cost so much?” Bob Cringely writes for I, Cringely. “I know why.”
Cringely writes, “For a stark contrast, compare Windows 7 with OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, its would-be competitor. I won’t get into the argument over which OS sees the other as competition, maybe they both do. In the marketplace, however, the upgrade version of Snow Leopard costs $49.95 ($99.95 for a five-machine family pack) while there are twenty different versions of Windows 7 to choose from with the most popular (Windows 7 Home Premium) priced at $119.95.”
Cringely writes, “Is Windows 7 really worth $70 more than Snow Leopard?”
MacDailyNews Note: Make that $90.95 more, Bob.
Cringely continues, “The better question to ask is why Microsoft decided to set the price point where they did? And the answer to that one is quite simple: Microsoft doesn’t actually want you to upgrade to Windows 7 at all. Microsoft wants you to buy a new Windows 7 PC instead.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]