Forced Software Upgrades Can Add Up for Vista Users

Windows users contemplating the cost of upgrading to Vista may need a fatter wallet than they thought. Besides shelling out for faster hardware, users should expect to pay for Vista upgrades for many of their favorite Windows software.

Rather than releasing free patches to update existing versions, leading vendors such as Adobe Systems, Symantec, and Intuit are choosing to add Vista compatibility only to new releases or still-in-development future products. Most of these new versions will add significant features along with Vista compatibility. And, vendors will argue, if Vista compatibility is a new feature, what's unfair about packaging a new feature only in new versions of their software, rather than going back and patching aging versions nearing the end of their product life cycle?

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Forced Software Upgrades Can Add Up for Vista Users

well tell that to the U.S. Department of Transportation, lol

ThePitt said,

well tell that to the U.S. Department of Transportation, lol

Someone obviously did, which will be one reason why they banned upgrading to Vista (along with IE7 and Office2007).

i have a fast pc now..and i hav xp

vista is an over endorsed os that has caused nothing but problems since its release, eg: invalid user regis keys.. and over the top software charges..wots the point?

to top it Microsoft spent 5 whole years.. to come up with Vista.... WELL DONE..REALLy..u've outdone yourself COPYING

OSx10 from apple.......for all those who like the ''COPY KAT'' os.... you're in for one bumpy ride..good luck!


my comment...remove vista..scrap it...its a P-O-S....
XP is stable..and my favourite...

I FEEL MICROSOFT HAS REALLY CrOSSED THE LINE THIS TIMe...

chaosblade said,
they still have better grammar than you.
Microsoft probably has a lot of employees that are both "over 21" and "native English speaking". On Neowin, there are many technology enthusiasts from a variety of countries and cultures, and a variety of ages.

Please don't be so petty to make disparaging personal comments when the poster may very well not speak English as their primary language, and may even be a young kid. Cut people some slack, and maybe comment on the points of their post rather than stooping to ad hominem.

markjensen said,
Microsoft probably has a lot of employees that are both "over 21" and "native English speaking". On Neowin, there are many technology enthusiasts from a variety of countries and cultures, and a variety of ages.

Please don't be so petty to make disparaging personal comments when the poster may very well not speak English as their primary language, and may even be a young kid. Cut people some slack, and maybe comment on the points of their post rather than stooping to ad hominem.

And presumably they also have people who, when degrading a product, can justify their reasons. I would lambast that poster too, for that extremely inflammatory comment. The post he was disparaging was asking to be disparaged. Typical Linux zealots (not fanboys, zealots). Say, is that froth coming from his mouth?

Funny the Adobe products listed work for me... People are blowing this way out of perportion it's getting rediculous. Yes, if you have an old computer you will have to upgrade, that's the price you pay for having the latest and greatest.

Ogden2k said,
Funny the Adobe products listed work for me... People are blowing this way out of perportion it's getting rediculous. Yes, if you have an old computer you will have to upgrade, that's the price you pay for having the latest and greatest.

Adobe products don't work very well on Vista, actually... e.g. Adobe Reader has a serious memory leak on Vista.

bit of a stupid title... nobody is forced into upgrading... its rather understandable, you get a new OS you should have to pay for the extra software features (if any...).

The title is not stupid at all. With many companies (such as those listed, but still others as well), you are indeed forced to update to the latest version if you want to run it on Vista, as previous versions don't work properly. I have some problems there myself.
So there are indeed some costs adding up when you need those upgrades just to run on Vista, even if the previous versions work fine for you and you wouldn't need the upgrade. So either you splurge for all the updates to go to Vista, or you stay with XP.

Admittedly I don't use what I would call a large amount of software but I've had no problems using existing software that I used on my XP system. I know some people are having issues, some of which are pretty major, but it's all good this end - Vista FTW!