Re: Forced obsolenscence... Microsoft keeps a pretty well established support plan for their products, they extended Windows XP's window of support well beyond this range because Vista proved to be a bust, but Windows 7 isn't, it's actually a step forward on pretty much every level. Just like Ubuntu doesn't still support version 1.0 you can't expect Microsoft to keep supporting a decade old product that they retired two years ago forever.
If you aren't a fan of this model, there are plenty of other operating systems out there for you to use. At which point your complaint shouldn't be directed at them for releasing new versions of their product, but for having deals with large retailers so you can't buy desktops without paying for at least some version of Windows on them, even if you plan to have your business run entirely on some flavor of Linux.
Also remember that Microsoft makes the vast majority of their profit for wholesale licenses to businesses and OEMs, both of which come with a built-in upgrade path. A Windows Vista VLC purchased within one to two years of Windows 7's release also provided licenses for Windows 7 in most cases. Likewise most home users only upgrade their operating system when they replace their computers and since Microsoft doesn't change anything more for the newer operating system that means you're still not being charged more for the newer product. So this isn't a huge cash grab. It's about them trying to stay competitive in a rapidly advancing field by ATTEMPTING to improve both the user experience and the administrator experience.
Now if you want to use your argument feel free to replace Windows with Office and hardly anyone would disagree with you. Then there is the issue of setting arbitrary versions such as Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate / Enterprise in an attempt to soak up more revenue, but that isn't about releasing new iterations of Windows. That's it's own issue.
| |said by Rekrul:XP is 11 years old. Should MS and everyone still support windows 95 too? Windows 7 is MUCH better than XP and the sooner people upgrade the better.
Microsoft revs dump-XP campaign, says 'time to move on' [computerworld.com]
MS drops support for XP, leading other companies to do the same, then says "See, you should upgrade because nobody is supporting XP anymore."
They don't care about users, all they care about is forcing people into their latest cash-cow, Windows 7.
Re: Forced obsolenscence...
said by Kearnstd:Unless you count the fact that you might not be able to use all of your software and hardware on it. Not to mention that even if the program does work, they broke the configuration of a lot of programs by not allowing them to write to their installation directories. Then there's the way they completely changes the UI around, to the point where average users get lost trying to find features and options that were easily accessible in previous versions. For example, how do you get WMP to load a file that isn't associated with it? Just go to the File menu and select Open. Oops, there isn't a file menu! There also doesn't seem to be any way to access My Documents other than through Windows itself. Attempting to use a file manager to access the documents directory produces an access denied error. Plus, small portable programs which you used to just be able to unpack and create an icon for, now have to be placed on another partition or in the root directory of C, because you can no longer directly access the Program Files directory (at least I couldn't find any way to do it, even as Administrator).
Windows is not like a Car and there is no benefit for keeping your 2000 model year operating system when there is a clearly superior version out.
Oh, and if W7 runs so much better than XP, why are the system requirements higher? What's the performance like when you install it on the average XP system?
Re: thousands threaten to quite netflix
said by r81984:yep people are dumb and Netflix would be more than happy to see 1 DVD at a time people quit using their service.
It is funny what $6 does to people.
Their DVD plans got cheaper and their streaming is the same price, but now you have to pay a little more if you want both.