CyberTech Rambler

October 10, 2006

Major cost of computer is the software, not the hardware

Filed under: Uncategorized — ctrambler @ 12:04 pm

Many people do not notice it, but if you tally up what you spent on your computer, you will find that you pay more for softwares than the hardware itself TODAY. Unlike hardware which you normally pay in one large lump sum, software costs trickle in. The analogy to mobile phone (hardware/service) is true as well.

Business computers running enterprise/research software knows this best. The cost of your favourite analysis program will dwarf your computer hardware cost many times over.

Hence, it is not surprising that someone somewhere will inadvertably write that Vista will cost more than your new spanking computer. This job is easier now that Microsoft has a premium-rated Vista “Ultimate” Edition. I believe the sales of “ultimate” edition will be low and the reserves of gamers or people doing intensive graphics, who will get “ultimate” as a side benefit of having a high-end graphic card(s), not the other way round. Most consumers will be satisfied with Home Basic Edition, its good enough.

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