updated 09:30 am EDT, Fri October 27, 2006
Acer and Vista Price Hike
Acer senior corporate VP Jim Wong has openly challenged Microsoft's pricing for the Home editions of Windows Vista, according to a report by PCPro. The executive notes that many of the most frequently promoted features of Vista, such as the Aero Glass 3D-accelerated interface and Media Center software, are conspicuously absent from Home Basic, pushing buyers towards the more expensive -- and for Microsoft, more lucrative -- Home Premium.
"Right at the beginning they started talking about the experience of [Vista Home] Premium. Premium is the real Vista," Wong says.
Critics have already attacked Microsoft for raising the effective price, but Wong observes that there will be a tangible impact for system builders, who will have to absorb the cost into their system prices. "We have to pay more but users are not going to pay more," he says, citing a 10% increase in the license price that translates to a 1-2% spike in the system price. British PC maker Evesham and others have echoed these remarks and don't plan to ship any systems with Vista Home Basic.