UK Citizens Complain To Government About Expensive Vista
from the higher-priorities dept
Europe has given Microsoft plenty of headaches relating to the release of Vista. For a while, the big concern was that the operating system had too much security built into it, and thus posed an antitrust threat. Now, some people in the UK are lodging a more pedestrian complaint: they think Vista is too expensive. In particular, they're upset that Microsoft is pricing Vista higher in the UK than in the US. So, they've petitioned Tony Blair to do something about it, and prevent Microsoft from charging so much. It's not clear why Microsoft is charging a different price depending on which side of the Atlantic it's on, but there are a number of possible reasons, such as higher taxes and higher overhead in the UK, that aren't nefarious. Considering the government's track record on tech issues, perhaps people should think twice before asking the government to start regulating software prices.