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Windows 7 Non-Starter Pack

If you're old like me, you've heard stories about how IBM once sold and upgraded mainframes. The stories go that customers would ask for a $100,000-plus upgrade for new functions and an IBM tech would connect an unconnected cable.

Microsoft is looking at the same approach for Windows 7. Its upcoming Windows 7 starter pack runs three apps. Once you're sick of that, you give Redmond a few more bucks and Microsoft upgrades you over the Internet.

I'm not a fan of artificially restricting software. I mean, the functions are there -- Microsoft just won't give them to you unless you have a lot of disposable income.

Posted by Doug Barney on 02/11/2009 at 1:16 PM


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