It's like how many years after DOS Died?
But today Microsoft tried to sell a DOS License for the same cost as Vista Professional when the day previously they where selling the same license for $60.00. So for the license that you buy you get No Support, No Possible help at all and you are still expected to pay but now instead of a Token Payment which is what they charged when DOS was new they want you to pay the same as a Windows Professional License.
DOS Sales didn't stop but they certainly dropped a lot till M$ came back to selling them for what they are worth instead of trying to charge what they though they could get away with. After all in any Computer Aided Manufacturing Equipment a Upgrade is Upgrading the actual machine not the computer controlling it as honestly that computer is really cheap compared to the 80K + bit of hardware that it's driving. I can fit a new M'Board, with CPU and RAM for a few hundred $ and adding $60.00 for a MS DOS License just isn't an issue but adding another $190.00 is a different story which the clients are simply not going to pay and they can quite rightly claim that I'm not upgrading their bit of Hardware by fitting a early P4 CPU and so on I'm actually repairing that CNC Lathe so it can continue working. After all none of the external things are different and the Original Hardware is still Intact. A Circuit Board and maybe a HDD have been changed but over all it makes absolutely no difference to the way that the Lathe works.
Currently DOS Licenses are Easy Money for Microsoft but when they started trying to Gouge the Market they got a lot of resistance and companies offering to address these issues in Court as they believed that Microsoft had it wrong. There where even a couple of very highly powered SC's who where offering their services for Free because they wanted to set a Precedent which would have increased their earning power substantially.
As I didn't want to be involved in a Protracted Legal Battle I just added in the License Fee without much though as it was nothing and the down time was substantial. Increasing that License Fee by over 300% though made many sit back and take notice not to mention Complain Bitterly.
If Microsoft was actually offering anything for that Fee Increase maybe just maybe it may have been worth it but they offered nothing at all other than a Income Stream for Microsoft and an Expense for those companies using these products.
As DE says they are going to be there for a very long time to come and while not a big market they are still substantial and a Guaranteed Income Stream for Microsoft.
So the question becomes am I upgrading a Computer that drives a Lathe or am I repairing a Lathe Driven by that computer. One requires a New License while the other as a Repair requires nothing.
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