I agree with you, on the SKU issue, I see some very debilitating issues
around upgrade paths as you mention and new "consumer" marketed equipment
coming in to a campus as student machines. However I think we are faced with
an uphill battle. When I talked to Microsoft about this, they made it
absolute clear that Home is for quote: "home usage" directed towards the
consumer market, and as such it could not be covered by any of the Microsoft
licensing agreements (except OEM).
The migration path from Microsoft's perspective seems limited to me,
here: First tier, professionals i.e., academic/corporate users in need of
volume deals and second tier, the consumer market where it is up to the
OEM's to provide pre-installation. Furthermore, since the XP home version
has less ability to be re-installed and registration with Microsoft is
mandatory compared to a multi licensed version of XPPro.
An additional argument from Microsoft for not including XPHome is a part of
their efforts to combat piracy. Which is why I think that the battle is
going to be difficult.
From: The EDUCAUSE Software Licensing Issues Constituent Group Listserv
[mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Chuck Sechler
Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2001 8:57 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [LICENSING] Windows XP Home Edition
At 05:47 PM 10/22/2001 -0400, you wrote:
>Here is the reality as I understand it after attending a couple of
>presentations on XP:
>The "Pro" edition of XP is slated for multi license offers from Microsoft
>i.e., Campus Agreement, but "Home" is not.
>"Home" is only available in a OEM license format from Microsoft to PC
I'm afraid I already understood that reality, in my original post. The
thrust of my point is that Microsoft has decided to remove a program that
clearly is an upgrade path from Windows program editions we have been
entitled to, Windows 9x/Me. On the following Microsoft web page:
it lists a link at the bottom on "moving from Windows Me to Windows XP."
Taking that link gets you to
where you can "find out if you qualify for an upgrade".
and sure enough, Windows 98 SE and Me users are qualified to upgrade to
I guess my position is that if Windows XP is an upgrade path from the above
systems and if at least some schools have a license that allows for "32 bit
operating systems and upgrades to these" for the life of their contract,
then Microsoft is in error to remove this from us. There may be only one in
20 schools who would choose to use the Home edition as an option for Home
users, but if they so chose then it should have been there. My argument is
that many home users just need to do a bit of email and word processing and
do not need super security or to log in to a LAN or built in multiprocessor
support, and the additional administrative issues in setting up their home
computer with XP Pro.
It is as though Microsoft is saying that "you get all upgrades to your 32
bit operating systems, EXCEPT you don't get it for Win XP Home edition
because we have chosen to not create an academic SKU for it. " My feeling
is, then create it.