Thatâ€™s right, Microsoft plans to market several versions of Vista but will distribute all of the OS bits with every product shipped so users can easily unlock and step up to more full-featured versions using electronic keys.
Having a master Windows Vista operating system means customers that buy PCs preloaded with one Vista SKU, Home Basic, for example, will be able to punch their credit card into a Microsoft Web site to unlock Vista Home Premium and more speedily deploy media center features without an on-site visit or requiring a wipe and reload of the system.
â€œNo matter which edition you buy you get all the bits and a key to unlock it. Everyone will have all the bits,â€ said one source familiar with Microsoftâ€™s plans. â€œRight now we maintain master images for each version of Windows XP and itâ€™s a lot of work. Now thereâ€™s just one master image.â€
Wow…clearly they fail to see the HUGE risk of massive amounts of piracy here. Everyone and there mom is going to buy the cheapest Home Basic edition and then just crack it (using some type of key generator that will obviously be created) to make it become the Ultimate Edition which will likely cost 2 or 3 times as much. Hmm…maybe this isnâ€™t such a bright idea guys?