Windows Is Dead, Long Live Windows

How long have you been using Microsoft windows? If like me the answer is many years and many versions, then read on I have some news that could save you money. I started with DOS, then on to Window 3.0, 3.1, Windows 95 all the way up to Windows 7. So you could say I have experienced all the Windows incarnations from very early versions to the current one.

In all that time, each version promises faster start times, more stability, better features, more security. More, more, more. It’s been my experience that on the whole it’s all been a lie and a money making exercise for Microsoft. In short we have all been conned.

Each version promises to be quicker than the last but each version requires better hardware than the previous one so it should be faster, but often is about the same as the previous version so actually that means it is slower.

Each version promises to be more secure yet there is still a huge market for security add on’s from Symantec, Mcaffee etc. These programs add security. If you try running Windows without any extra security it will get infected by viruses and spyware in days sometimes hours.

Each version promises to be more reliable and to be fair some versions are more reliable than previous ones but usually only because the previous ones were so prone to lock-up and crashes that almost anything would be better. Windows ME for example was so unstable as to be almost unusable.

Each version is supposed to have more features, and that is usually true but Windows is almost always behind when it comes to features so in effect all it does is look at what is popular already (usually from Apple) and add that a “new” feature in it’s next release. Sometimes it doesn’t even do this, Windows 7 for example was just a bug fix for Windows Vista, which was slow and unpopular and yet we all paid for it again like it was something new…

Now I come to cost Windows 7 Professional is 160 (Sept 2010) even the basic version upgrade is 82, if you want to actually uses your computer to do anything useful you need to buy office which costs 332 for the full version or 85 for the student/home upgrade. Also you will need an internet security suite that’s 40 a year. Microsoft brings out new version every couple of years to make you pay for all this again. Bill gates is a very clever man, he figured out a way to make you pay more for the software than is costs for the hardware to run it on. I can buy a basic PC for 300 and it will last me five years. The cost of the software to run on it over five years is around 370 and that’s only for the upgrade version it’s become much more if you buy the full packages. Hat’s off to Bill’s cash machine..

Windows came free with my PC didn’t it?

Yes and no, It appears free to you but the PC manufacturer you bought the PC from paid Microsoft money for Windows and they added it to the price of the PC. In time when new releases of Windows arrive you will have to pay again for the upgrade, usually at least 90 maybe more. You will also need Microsoft Office and as discussed before this can be very expensive.

I just wanted to briefly talk about licensing. Did you know you don’t own the software you bought? That’s right, the hundred of pounds you spend on office software, video editing, anti-virus is not yours, it belongs to the companies that provided it. You only bought the right to use it on your machine. This is ridiculous, imagine buying a car, then being told you can’t sell it on, you don’t own it and only you can drive it. This is what you agree to with most current software licences. It is ridiculous to the point of insanity. Adding insult to overpricing means you have to type in licence numbers when you install software to show the lawyers you are doing what you are told, big brother is watching you…

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