One of the reasons that Microsoft’s Vista operating system isn’t as successful as Windows XP (see Was Windows XP Microsoft’s last good OS?) is that it suffers from a version explosion. Where Windows XP offered a Home and Professional version which differed from each other in a simple list of features, Windows Vista comes in five versions:
Note that visual studio actually has 8 versions…
This is in comparison to OSX, which comes in one version, and linux which comes in hundreds of versions but is at least free. Perhaps their next os, vienna, will come in a single edition at a single global price, but that’s probably too much to hope for.
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