Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1
I've always felt that Technet should be there, and it should have non-expiring keys, but Technet should cost a ton more than it does. If a single retail copy of Windows 7 is $200 and a single retail copy of Office is $300-$400....then I don't see why you would necessarily get multiples of all of the products for a fee less than $1500 a year.
I've never understood why MS decided to have no requirements for purchase and then make it is super cheap to boot. Of course, that's going to create abuse. It's common sense. but like you said, "get all of the money you can" seems to be the goal.
Definitely. However, prior to the Seven hype juggernaut, Technet and it's plethora of benefits was by and large, somewhat of a secret from the masses.
But when MS 'accidentally' opened Technet for a day or two during the height of the 'beta leak period', many glimpsed the potential benefits of what a subscription would entail and as such, I'd wager Technet subscriptions exploded massively around the time of Sevens release.
But what may have been seen as a short-sighted boon to begin with, became quite a bane in the long run. For both MS and subscribers alike because of the abuse.
but I maintain, they should just lower the cost of the OS to the retail chains. Wonder how many more people would buy Windows 7 if the full retail price was $49.99 per machine that you wanted it on???
Their pricing structure has always been skew-if and ambiguous.
The fact they now offer multiple tiers of subscriptions with the lowest tier basically becoming a cheap 'family pack' alternative, it really does beggar belief that they maintain such a premium price at a retail level.
A lower initial home/business cost would see a much wider adoption and they'd still be raking in money hand over fist.