David Baakman

The cost of Windows

Today during lunch at work we had the everlasting discussion about the price of Windows. I’ve bought Windows XP and I paid somewhat more than 200 euro for it. At first that price seems quite high (especially when you consider the price of the much used alternative: a free illegal copy), but when you think of it: I expect to use Windows XP for at least 4 years. So per year it costs me 50 euro. And that for the most used and most important piece of software on my PC. That’s quite cheap! In any case, it is much less than what I pay for my new hardware per year to keep my PC a bit up-to-date.