John Sequeira


Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Microsoft's Windows giveaway

Microsoft decides it's easier to give Windows away than make IE support side-by-side installation:

"Now you can install IE7 on your main machine for development, and get all the advantages of IE7, like the RSS platform, native XMLHTTP stack, and improved security, while still running IE6 simultaneously in the VPC on the same computer. Most importantly, you donít even have to buy an additional Windows license. The VPC image runs in a virtual machine that offers all of the functionality of a full IE6 installation without giving it any access to its host machineís hard drive, registry, etc. You can make as many modifications as you want to the virtual machine without affecting your host installation at all."

Of course there's a catch -- it's time limited, just like their existing download/trial offers. But the moral of the story is clear: fractional or virtually deployed windows licenses aren't worth anywhere near the full cost of a installed-to-hardware license, so let's stop pretending they are.
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