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Vista on the Cheap

Microsoft last week disclosed plans to cut the price of boxed versions of Vista by up to nearly 50 percent.

Conspiracy theorists see a connection between this and the class-action suit claiming that machines labeled as Vista Ready are less prepared than a narcoleptic Boy Scout. I fail to see that connection, and instead believe that Microsoft simply wants to build a little Vista momentum. To me this move has very little meaning. I've argued from the start that users shouldn't upgrade existing systems to Vista, but should wait 'til they need to buy a new PC.

All the letters I've received from Redmond Report readers prove that point. Most of today's machines don't take kindly to the upgrade, and a lot of new machines with Vista fail to run Vista well. The advice from readers is to carefully spec out your Vista machine. Pick solid high-end hardware and you may just have a joyous Vista experience.

Just to keep things from being too easy, Microsoft actually has two logos: Vista Capable for low-end machines, and Vista Ready for higher-end units. I think I'll opt for Vista Ready!

Posted by Doug Barney on March 03, 2008 at 11:52 AM


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