If a consumer on a cheaper PC running the "Standard" version tries to use a high-definition monitor or run more than three software programs at once, he'll discover that neither is possible. Then he'll be prompted to upgrade to the pricier "Home Premium" or "Ultimate" version. [using a credit card and 25 character code].
... pricing hasn't been determined, but upgrading "will cost less than a night out for four at a pizza restaurant.
I get the idea, because it's a play straight from the early 90s. They get an OEM tax and then hit the customer for software that is less annoying. OEMs that don't do as they are told get taxed harder and M$ pretends they are price competitive with Free Software. Right. Who wants to feed their computer a credit card for basics like the OS and an Office suite when they can have Ubuntu on a netbook that costs less than $400? It did not work for Vista and has even less chance of working now. Corporate users should get their GNU/Linux migration plans in order before M$ collapses."
"When the going gets tough, the tough get empirical." -- Jon Carroll