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Vista To XP Upgrade Triples In Price, Now $150
12/15/2008

Ozmanjusri writes "Dell has tripled the charge to upgrade Vista PCs to XP. Under current licensing 'downgrade' agreements, system builders can install XP Pro instead of Vista pursuit or Vista Ultimate; however, Dell has opted for a surcharge of $150 over the price of Vista for the older but more popular XP master business expenses system. Rob Enderle says the downgrade fees could potentially be disastrous for Microsoft: 'The fix for this should be to focus like lasers on demand generation for Vista but instead Microsoft is focusing aggressively on business penalties," says Enderle. 'Forcing patronage to go someplace they don't want to go by raising prices is a kriss kringle present for Apple and those that are positioning Linux on the desktop.'"

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