Hi Charles,
Well, in that case the only answer I can give you and the others is go
Linux. Then, you don't have to end up paying for upgrades etc. If you
don't like that solution to the problem then there is really nothing
anyone can do for you guys.
There is really no point incontinuing this conversation on list as you
know and I know Microsoft isn't going to change their polacy and make
it more affordable for a person on a low income. Microsoft is in the
business to make as much money as they can, and those of us on SSI and
SSDI are pretty much forced to pay the price to upgrade or look for
cheaper alternatives like Linux. I don't think there is much more you
or I could say on this matter that would add anything cunstructive to
the conversation.


On 7/7/10, Charles Rivard <woofer...@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> You charge a smoll amount for the upgrades.  Those who want them can buy
> them.  Those who don't want them don't buy them.  But what I object to is
> when you must?? buy something that costs a ton of money that low incomes
> cannot afford in order to basically do what could already be done with the
> older software.
> ---
> Shepherds are the best beasts!

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Thomas Ward" <thomasward1...@gmail.com>
> To: "Charles Rivard" <woofer...@sbcglobal.net>; "Gamers Discussion list"
> <gamers@audyssey.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2010 11:30 AM
> Subject: Windows Versions was Tomb Hunter Error
>> Hi Charles and all,
>> Yes, I take your point, but comparing something like Chess to a piece
>> of computer software like XP isn't a fair comparison in my opinion.
>> What it really boils down to is simple economics and making money.
>> You are totally looking at this from a consumers point of view. You
>> want to save money while Microsoft and other software developers is in
>> the business of making money. That obviously seams like a conflict of
>> interest as both sides can't get what they want in a case like that.
>> For example, let's assume I am the head of a major corperation. I have
>> hundreds of employees like programmers, secretaries, engineers,
>> whatever at my command. We create a certain software product in 2010
>> and then sell it to various PC manufacturers like Del, Compaq, HP,
>> Gateway, etc. Soon several people buy those computers with our
>> software preloaded on it. Ok, we made a very good take from that
>> initial point of sale, but how are we going to continue making money
>> off of that product after we have reachd the maximum market potential?
>> At that point everyone who wants or needs our software already has
>> it.If we offer a life time worth of free upgrades and patches we are
>> not going to make any more money off of those free upgrades through
>> our free update service. We have two choices either create a
>> completely new version of software to sell you, or we have to charge
>> for yearly updates or subscription to our update service. We can't
>> continue to pay our employees, pay the electric bill, and continue to
>> give millions of people a life time of free upgrades. We have to make
>> money somewhere some how.
>> So while I agree XP shouldn't be thrown away just because it is "old
>> software" Microsoft can't make much money off it any more either. The
>> way they force you to pay for an upgrade is by releasing new versions
>> of their Windows product and designing them to run on newer computers
>> only and dropping technical support for older Windows releases when
>> they have reached a certain age. It is not really fair to the
>> consumer, that is true, but I don't think companies like that know of
>> a better alternative that will continue to make money for the company
>> and their employees like the current method does.
>> HTH

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