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.