Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Do you need more than Windows 7 Home Premium? | Ed Bott’s Microsoft Report | ZDNet.com

Following Steven Hodson's Winextra recommendation I read Ed Bott's insightful answer(s) to the pressing question...
 
Do you need more than Windows 7 Home Premium? | Ed Bott’s Microsoft Report | ZDNet.com

June 29th, 2009

Do you need more than Windows 7 Home Premium?

Posted by Ed Bott @ 1:45 pm

I came away with two distinct feelings.

A.) Microsoft is trying to play the "If you want it you have to pay more for it" game.
B.) we are being pushed into a computing "class" cast system.

A.) Microsoft is trying to build an incentivized layer strategy into their marketing.  Knowing that the public prefers to pay less initially the "Home" versions of Windows are priced accordingly.  BUT if you want x or y features then you will have to pay just a little bit more and upgrade to the next level.  Sadly this is playing on the cluelessness of the public OS buyer and their failure to truly appreciate their computing platform.

B.) The Class or Cast system is a means of intentionally separating groups of users.  I believe this is a sort of Gate Keeping.  This is a process of subjugating groups of users by imposing economic barriers.  While suggesting that anyone can "move up" the reality is that those individuals who are burdened with the lesser OS platform may well never recognize their limitations.  Some may argue that having or not having Bitlocker Drive Encryption is inconsequential.  I argue that imposing such decisions, seemingly arbitrarily, on a user group is indicative of a much more insidious attitude, one that is totalitarian in nature: "We are the authority, we know what you should have, we will make your decisions for you.  Have a nice day."
 

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