Jim Wong, senior corporate vice president of PC manufacturer Acer, has said that the Home Basic version of Microsoft Vista is so basic that users will be forced to move up to at least the Premium version, priced at £189.99, if they’re to get any benefits of the new operating system.
He claims that some of the key features that have been touted as revolutionary about Vista won’t be present in the basic version, including Aero graphics, remote control, and media centre.
And other Vista prices are significantly more expensive than the XP system they’re replacing. Top of the line Windows XP Professional with SP2 is listed at £289.99 (but can be had for £234), whereas Vista Ultimate Edition costs £325.
Is the new functionality worth the price hike? Is that just the price consumers, businesses and PC manufacturers who’ll pre-install the OS on new computers should be prepared to pay?