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Acer: Home Premium is the real Vista

updated 05:50 pm EDT, Fri October 27, 2006

Acer on Windows Vista

Acer senior corporate vice president Jim Wong has openly challenged Microsoft's pricing for the Home editions of Windows Vista, noting that many of the most frequently promoted features of Vista, such as the Aero Glass 3D-accelerated interface and Media Center software, are absent from the Home Basic edition, pushing buyers towards the more expensive Home Premium version. "Right at the beginning they started talking about the experience of [Vista Home] Premium. Premium is the real Vista," said Wong. Critics have already attacked Microsoft for raising the effective price, but Wong says there will be a tangible impact for system builders who have to absorb the cost into their system prices, according to Electronista. "We have to pay more but users are not going to pay more," Wong said, citing a 10 percent increase in the license price which translates to a 1-2 percent rise 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.




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  1. mytdave

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    vista extortion-well duh

    Maybe, just maybe Acer and other PC mfg's will get a clue and realize M$ is not their friend. Can we finally see PCs ship with Linux - or, heaven forbid, give customers a choice?...

    "Would you like your PC with Linux or Windows sir?"

    "What's the difference?"

    "Well, if we do the install for you, Linux will take 10 minutes and we'll charge you $20 service. If we do the Windows install for you, it will take 1 hour and the price is $199 + $80 service, and you'll have to get an internet connection before 30 days is up, and be connected to the internet all the time so M$ can monitor your system to guarantee your software is 'Genuine Windows'."

    "Hmmm, I'll have to think about that... Why is Windows so expensive?"

    "That's the Microsoft tax."

    "Doesn't e v e r y b o d y use Windows?"

    "Not anymore."

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Who cares?

    MS offers multiple versions of their software to give users choice. Boy, that does suck, doesn't it. Having choice. Hey, if you think their new UI is just a bunch of fluff, why spend money on it?

    As for the Premium being more expensive, I guess prices should stay constant forever? (10% is just $20). Then again, speculation has Leopard going up in price as well.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: vista extortion

    "Well, if we do the install for you, Linux will take 10 minutes and we'll charge you $20 service. If we do the Windows install for you, it will take 1 hour and the price is $199 + $80 service, and you'll have to get an internet connection before 30 days is up, and be connected to the internet all the time so M$ can monitor your system to guarantee your software is 'Genuine Windows'."

    Hahaha. So funny. Except it doesn't take just 10 minutes to install Linux (no copy of Linux I've ever installed). And it doesn't matter how long it takes to install windows or Linux anyway, as the computer companies image their disks, they don't do installs on every system. On top of all that, the time is meaningless to the customer. Its not like they care how long it takes the vendor to get Windows installed on their system.

    You also don't need an internet connection to use Windows (you can activate over the phone). And WGA doesn't require constant (or any) access to the internet (Windows runs fine not connected to the internet, as many people do this daily). WGA only is used when installing software updates.

    But, I know, you've got to get your digs in. Just keep in mind that Apple has their own activation/checking systems in several of their apps, some of which have been reported to change a user's firewall settings without their knowledge.

  1. Terrin

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    OK



    Nothing like sarcasm. You, however, miss the point. Microsoft is not actively promoting three different feature sets. Instead, it is promoting one, and refering to it as Vista (as opposed to Home Basic, or Premium, or whatever). Many people are going to think that they will get all the fancy Vista features merely by virtue of buying Vista, not being aware of all the different variants. I certainly would have thought that. Acer is making the valid claim this is misleading. I agree.

    For what it is worth, Apple does not charge three different prices for different home versions of its software.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: vista extortion

    louzer, I'm surprised not even you can see the deceptive marketing going on here. MS advertises "Vista with fancy features" yet neglects to tell you that the version that comes with a new computer doesn't have them.

    So, what exactly does the Home edition bring to the table that XP doesn't have?

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Ultimate

    I wanted a feature that was only available on Ultimate. MUI sets. So I pay for a bunch of stuff I don't want, but for the one single thing I wanted, I pay the largest amount. Oh well, I had the choice not to buy it you say, except that's the thing with monopolies...you don't have a choice. Sorry Apple, but the mere presence of another OS doesn't make it competition for Microsoft in many areas and for many applications, where MS is an absolute monopoly.

    I had no choice, either pay or go home. And I paid hundreds upon hundreds of dollars. That is why the government needs to absolutely step in and end the monopoly.

    Its about society...we have a history of IP rights, and we have a history of respecting the greater needs of society...except the latter is mostly forgotten, and a rabid IP rights without any balance, is the mood of the day.

    We need to throw tech idiots like GWB and Richard Lugar out on thier can, and get some reasonable policies.

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