I was all ready to drop some serious cash to upgrade to Vista today when I
learned that Remote Desktop feature is now considered some rare luxury only
available on the Business and Ultimate versions. For home users with
multiple computers (are there any families left in America that have only one
PC??), this is a complete disaster.
I think I am a pretty simple and very typical home user - I've got a laptop,
and I've got a desktop and I've been remote desktopping between the two for
eons (we will leave out of this that of course my son also has a desktop and
a laptop, and the hub has a laptop - God forbid it would be nice to be able
to remote desktop with those using Vista (as I do now), but I won't get
greedy). I only HAVE TO remote desktop - in BOTH directions - between my
laptop and my desktop.
Microsoft has decided this is some ultra fancy feature now out of reach for
mere mortals. Right now my XP Pro desktop and humble Media Center laptop
(which was installed on zillions of home computers) can be accessed in both
directions, no sweat. But now, with the new fantastic operating system that
costs major bucks, this feature is being removed!
At first I saw that if I popped for an Ultimate upgrade (an eye-popping
$250), that I would be able to purchase other Vista editions for $50 - AH,
but they certainly won't do remote desktop. So to get the same simple
functionality I have now - just to connect my own two computers - I would
have to drop $500 HUNDRED DOLLARS simply to get the ability to remote desktop
between my my desktop and my laptop. This is absolutely insane, and
guarantees that I would be crazy to even consider upgrading to Vista.
Here's another kicker: My desktop probably can't really hack Vista (too
much older hardware that could pose conflicts, lack of upgradeability) -- so
it would be natural to put the Vista Ultimate on my laptop that is only a
year old, that I do use more than the desktop because of freedom of location.
BUT the machine I need to remote desktop INTO literally dozens of times a
day... is the DESKTOP.
I thought Microsoft had finally gotten into it's head that home computer
users are no longer the one computer simpletons of the olden days - for
example, their marketing of the "Students and Teachers" version of Office
that included licenses for 3 machines at a very reasonable price seemed to
indicate they got what the typical home scenario is these days. But here
they go right back to the dark ages.... asserting that the only people who
need such an exotic feature as remote desktop are fancy business users. As a
further kick in the tush, you can't even just get the Business version for
home because, duh, you then don't get the Media Center features!!! Want the
same functionality that you enjoy now - it's $500 bucks or forget it.
Today I would have happily popped for the Ultimate, and the $50 for an extra
copy... around $300... but now have no intention of ever upgrading to Vista
until it shows up on a new machine I buy in the future. I guess I should
thank Bill for saving me some hard-earned cash.
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