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The $169 price for users that don't have Leopard also include iLife and iWork.
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If Microsoft were to have to be ashamed of anything, it's having multiple versions of their OS in the first place; Which, absolutely, is frustrating beyond belief and is the root cause of having such confusing (well, to some - we're not all techies) charts.
Although I agree that the first chart is overkill on information, you could otherwise argue that the ZD Net created version might have a user look on the left for their current product, spot e.g. the Home Premium version, and realize they can do an in-place upgrade. Case closed. But, oops, that's not true because they're running a 32bit Vista Home Premium and were hoping to upgrade to a 64bit Seven Home Premium; they have to look completely elsewhere in the chart to figure that out.Also.. what happened to Vista Starter in that chart?
But getting back to chart cleanliness in general - well, OS X is OS X.. there's no multiple editions, therefore the upgrade chart does become a lot simpler. I suspect it could be even simpler if Apple were to allow upgrades from -any- previous OS X version for a single price. Shouldn't Apple be ashamed of charging $169 for older version upgrades? I realize the upgrade would include iLife and iWork, but those should be separately offered to keep the upgrade price down in the first place; perhaps to a single $49 charge.. that would reduce your chart to a single row.
http://www.cultofmac.com/windows-7-upgrades-chart-makes-brain-hurt-we-offer-the-mac-equivalent/14186" rel="nofollow">Windows 7 Upgrades Chart Makes Brain Hurt; We Offer the Mac Equivalent
The upgrade chart is missing a line for the PPC."From PPC" upgrade line should read "I can't do that Dave."
I have both PPC and Intel Macs, and I am not amused.
I figure I do a clean install every year or two anyway so when windows 7 debuts I'm planning on buying a new 1TB hard drive and installing on a clean drive.
Thanks Stephen. The only issue I have with that chart is that it leaves off the prices. But you're right, there are other ones out there.
cjensen, The chart should include that PPC Macs have a dead end with OS X Leopard 10.5.
very nice blog
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