Dear Microsoft: Why You Should Let Home Users Copy XP
from the reasoned-arguments dept
David Coursey has written a letter to Microsoft that explains to them why they should let home uses copy Windows XP to all of their machines. It’s a very well-reasoned argument that makes a lot of sense – which is why Microsoft is unlikely to follow the suggestion. Basically, Coursey points out that “free” home copies of Windows OSes in the past is what helped established Microsoft as a standard. People who have multiple machines are going to be pissed off about paying multiple upgrade fees to upgrade multiple computers – and instead will probably just not buy XP at all. Then, he gets to the best point: the main selling feature of XP is that it’s stable. Microsoft has never apologized for offering buggy, unstable software in the past. So, Microsoft should act like a car company and “recall” all of its buggy old operating systems, and replace them with XP. They can continue to sell XP for new machines, but the old ones deserve an upgrade. Maybe someone can take this idea and turn it into a class action suit.