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Windows 7 Upgrades: Keep Enterprise for Enterprises and Consumer for Consumers

Microsoft has a pretty attractive Windows 7 upgrade plan: Buy a Vista machine now and move to Windows 7 for free in the fall. The plan is aimed at small businesses and consumers, and Microsoft hopes to keep it that way by limiting upgrades to purchases of no more than 25 PCs.

I'm wondering if Microsoft really has to do this. Do any real enterprises opt for cheaper consumer versions of Windows? You tell me. What makes high-end versions of XP or Vista better for big shops, or can one really get away with large volumes of consumer machines? Your expert opinion always welcome at [email protected]

Posted by Doug Barney on July 01, 2009 at 11:53 AM


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