The Register reports on a leak which indicates that Windows Vista will be available in eight variations. Eight variations? I’ve always considered the “Home” and “Pro” versions of Windows to be a huge con; both a sign that Microsoft can’t build an easy to use OS if they have to strip out features for the home user and a way for them to gouge business users who need the Pro features. But offering eight versions of the same product seems ludicrous.
Clearly the Keep It Simple principle is one that eludes all sections of the Microsoft machine. Offering the consumer lots of choice isn’t the key; offering a few carefully considered and clearly defined choices is what matters.