I just saw on Scoble’s blog something I have been waiting to see for a couple days/ that Microsoft Vista is now available for download in beta.
Microsoft has a section on the Vista site with their Vista Update Advisor, which I downloaded and ran. My PC (Athlon XP 3000+ with 1GB DDR) is apparently quite capable of running Vista. I was quite pleased I would be able to beta test the system, and started the process of downloading it.
To my dis-belief and horror it is only available in DVD format to download and sadly my DVD-Burner died two months ago only 10 months into its life. There is an option to PURCHASE the beta at a cost of 10.98GBP +VAT.
So let me get this straight. Microsoft, who has been late in delivering an OS by 4 years, and has pissed a lot of people off is now charging for me to try their OS before I buy!
So with my Vista ready PC I am still plodding along, I booted into XP this morning to run the advisor to see if I would be able to beta test Vista. I am not saying that I would just start using it, I just wanted to see what it was like. You know, curious..as any geek would be…
This is the message I felt that the Vista site conveyed. I think valued Microsoft customers should be provided with free Beta CDs/DVDs but that is just me. Not only do you have to pay, but you have to fill out all sorts of information before they tell you it is not free. Even a questionaire! Obviously, Bill Gates, doesn’t see it the way I do. He is quite happy to collect personal data on me, and then tell me I have to pay. I won’t be buying another burner yet though. Unless Microsoft sends me a free DVD copy, why should I try it? Take it from a blogger…Excuse me while I boot back into Ubuntu -Sebastian Prooth
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