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Is Microsoft amicable enough?
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#41698 (LSF)
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Feb 25, 2006

Office 2007 and Windows Vista are scheduled to be released end of 2006.

Notwithstanding the high prices vis-a-vis the type of economies of scale, Microsoft of course is free to price its products.

But since there had hardly been a version upgrade since 2003, the differences are likely to be substantial. Shouldn't Microsoft offer the availability of free version upgrades for purchases made just a few months before new releases?

Granted that this may lead some people to use the 2 versions separately but since Microsoft already required activation for its products, it can simply deactivate the ID for the old product (thus disallowing download of monthly patches).

Many software vendors are adopting this approach with some even allowing single license for simultaneous usage on desktop and notebook.

Should Microsoft be a bit more amicable and follow this policy?

[Edited at 2006-02-25 12:00]


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Harry Bornemann  Identity Verified
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Interesting question Feb 26, 2006

Lew Shiong Fong wrote:
Is Microsoft amicable enough?
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Should Microsoft be a bit more amicable and follow this policy?

I don't know any amicable monopolist, and I wonder what made you think that Microsoft could be one?

(Theoretically, there are the competitors Linux and Mac, but compared to the Windows market they are negligible.)


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