Vista Ultimate users want their value-add

Vista Ultimate users want their value-add

Summary: There's new discontent in Vista power-user land. Those who purchased the high-end Vista Ultimate SKU want to know when they're going to get more of the promised value-added features that were supposedly part of the Ultimate package.

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Those pesky Windows Vista users are a demanding lot.

They are clamoring for information on Vista Service Pack (SP) 1. At the same time, they have the audacity to want to know what's up with "Fiji," the Media Center update to Vista. And now? Those who purchased the high-end Vista Ultimate SKU want to know when they're going to get more of the promised value-added features that were supposedly part of the Ultimate package.

Windows Connected's Josh Phillips is asking, "Ultimate Extras, where are you?". (Ultimate Extras are the set of downloadable add-ons for Vista that Microsoft first outlined in detail at the Consumer Electronics show in January.) istartedsomething.com's Long Zheng chimed in, noting that he has been heard talk that the team developing the Extras has been disbanded.

Has Microsoft decided to lump Ultimate Extras in with other "Windows futures" -- a topic about which officials are no longer allowed to comment until the code is completely locked and loaded? Or maybe the Ultimate Extras team has been reassigned to work on XP Service Pack 3 or something more pressing?

Topics: Windows, Microsoft

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Would this fall into the same as

    The folks who purchased or were convinced to convert to a yearly subscription fee with the promise of getting a whole raft of new functionality and OS upgrades that never materialized? As I remember, there was substantial pressure brought to bear on volume customers to change to this model.

    In any case, caveat emptor. There was probably fine print stating the if MS actually delivers no new features, you are SOL.

    They did get Holdem and DreamScene. My hunch is they are placing the resources for Vista SP1. There are a lot of changes and bug fixes before enterprises sink their teeth into Vista (where the money is for MS).

    TripleII

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  • It's about time someone covered this...

    Now, don't let up on them!

    $400 for the "Utimate" version and what have I got. A beta motion desktop, a card game, and a bitlocker I'll never use.

    So far, there has been ZERO value to spending the money on Ultimate.
    BitTwiddler
    • GEEZE Get over that $400 price tag...

      [b]$400 for the "Utimate" version and what have I got. A beta motion desktop, a card game, and a bitlocker I'll never use.[/b]

      FEW people, if anyone, has ever paid or will ever pay $400 for Vista Ultimate.

      Let's look at the facts.

      1.) That price was set as the MSRP for the stand alone, RETAIL price of Vista Ultimate.
      2.) The price for Vista Ultimate UPGRADE is at least half of the $400 price tag. I've seen the Vista Ultimate Upgrade - the Limited edition signed copy, no less - going for about $140.
      3.) OEMs are including Vista Ultimate for about $200, preinstalled on their systems. Some a bit more, some a bit less, but NEITHER are selling it for $400.

      Secondly... Vista Ultimate gives you access to the entire Vista package - including the media center features of Home Premium as well as the networking features of Business as well as the BitLocker app.

      Third, just because YOU, personally can't see any value doesn't mean that OTHER people don't. Your needs might mirror those of 50, 60 or maybe even 70% of users out there, but not everyone's. Get over yourself.
      Wolfie2K3
      • sounds like

        Your needs might mirror those of 50, 60 or maybe even 70% of users out there, but not everyone's. Get over yourself.

        a majority of consumers "mirror" the prior poster. Regardless of whatever the price was they paid for the product
        richvball44
  • completely agree

    I couldn't agree more. Their blog entries are conspicuous by their absence too.

    http://windowsultimate.com/blogs/MainFeed.aspx

    Rubbish!!
    jamiet
  • Same price, less features?

    They had better reduce the price, if they're not offering the same feature set. (even if it wasn't in the box in the first place)
    IMO
    HobbesPDX
  • Silly users Windows is about $$ not features!

    Vista is just a money making scam like Windows ME! I am betting the real Vista has yet to be made.
    Randalllind
  • Ask Ed Bott

    According to his blog he's happy as a
    dead pig in the sunshine with Vista.

    Must be something good in it that
    escapes the rest of us, eh?
    Ole Man