By watching how netbooks have made MS lower the price of their OS- in order to dominate that market segment, just imagine what would happen if there were any true competition on the software side. It is really sad. i think they are licensing these versions of XP for about 15 bucks! I would imagine the Win 7 version will be about $29 for vendors that fit the “spec”. And this is for a product that took extra work in order to cripple it.
We can be sure MS is still profiting from each license - or they would just say forget it. The main goal is more than likely just to put XP to bed- for good. And also to keep Android based (and other alternatives coming along) netbooks at bay.
Just think how Intel used to increment clock speed in order to bleed the consumer when they had 90% market share. I remember when the Pentium came out and they would charge like heck to “jump” from a P90 to a P100. This kind of crap went on for years. But, there was no choice.
Then, AMD came along and also the knowledge to overclock processors and the “game” was over. We started to see huge leaps in speed in each offering. We also saw prices drop like a rock.
I can only imagine what would happen if there was a true competitive OS threat for MS. I suspect we could be getting Windows 7 “Ultimate” retail for about 80 bucks or less.
I Imagine though, it will be peddled for about $300 for a retail version. What a crock.