Matt,Too expensive for an OS? The only thing expensive about it is that it is more expensive than any previous Microsoft OS.
Let's look at this from another angle. Without the OS you can't run your computer. You can't run Adobe Photoshop (~$699 - comes out yearly), Macromedia Studio (~$899), CAD software (starting around $1000), SoundForge, etc. etc. etc.
Software comes out yearly so you're saying, "I can buy upgrades though!" So, Adobe Photoshop upgrade: $160 x 5 years (the average life of an OS) equals $800 (if you buy it every year like most).
As I said, the OS is everything and without it you can't do much unless you know of some powerful DOS applications.
Furthermore, you likely don't need Ultimate. You buy it because you want it. Stick with Home or buy the Business offering (which will be available as an upgrade for current Professional owners).
Well, technically yes, he could send it to you.Well guy, I think I'm going to give my son a call at college, and see what he gets it for, also he gave me a copy of XP Pro, that came with a copy of XP Pro 64, it cost $ 10.00, what da think.
Well, we both have the same name, and when he's at home he always talking out of pas t upgrade parts I have remove from my computer, plus he does use it for some homework papers, I think it a fair trade, what da think.Well, technically yes, he could send it to you.
Is it legal, no. Unless you are a student, you are not supposed to be able to purchase academic versions of Microsofts product...
Remember, its only your honor we are talking about!
Except you need to buy that $130 OS everytime they come out with a review. 10.0, 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5.. thats a lot of $130 charges :dead:By the time its actually released in 2020, $450 won't be much at all...
Seriously though, yes it is way overpriced. There are little new features, just UI improvements. You can get [mostly] any linux distro for free, and OSX for $130.
@MadMatt, you do not have to upgrade software at every release. I use AutoCAD professionally and my firm does not upgrade at every release, that would be ridiculous. ACAD 2006 is around $4,000, that is why alot of our clients still use ACAD 2000. Upgrading to Vista, will however mean that you will have to buy new software to run on it. Most of our PC's are still on Windows 2000.
I don't see business adopting quickly at all. We won't. For five new PC's to meet the vista specs @$1,500ea., plus AutoCAD 200x, whatever version will be compatible, @$4,000ea., plus Acrobat Pro @$450ea = $29,750+tax@7% ~ $32,000. Hell, Vista compatible Dell business class PC's might be more than that with the Vista pro version plus Office Pro.