- Home Use program is covered by a business' VL agreement with Microsoft, which contains a LOT of other costs - you're getting the software at cost, yes, but there was a lot of money transacted to get you that right. Microsoft is still making some cash on the deal, and you're using their products (call it subversive marketing, perhaps).
- As to the TechNet software, that is NOT for production use, only testing. Testing shouldn't be expensive, or no one would test the real thing, nor purchase it (or be far less likely to).
- Dreamspark is free because students usually aren't well off financially, and getting someone to use your product when they're impressionable is one of the hallmarks of marketing - it's why you see things in schools, to market to students so that they'll use it when they do purchase.
- If you're going to use the software, purchasing retail is quite expensive (per unit, of course) compared to volume licensing, OEM copies, and such - partly because retail is the smallest market for software (by far), and partially because Microsoft is trying to push it's cloud Office365 offerings over boxed (virtual or physical) Office software. The pricing is meant to drive behavior here, I believe.
LOL. You have a point, but nobody is expecting it to be perfect.cluberti
There's no such thing as a free market in the US
They should teach the basics in schools. Sadly , it is evident from some of the responses on this thread that at least one person hasn't a clue. I don't know how widespread that is.
It depends on your point of view, but I would agree that students are under-taught some of the more basic things we were taught in the 70s and 80s due to the insistence on government that math and science are the most important things. Because of how the system works (I have many relatives who work in public schools across the US, from teachers to administrators) and how it's rewarded (or chastised, as the case may be), emphasis is thus put VERY heavily on whatever the state or federal levels dictate is important, and other things are left to the wayside. I find my nephews (who just graduated this year) have a decent handle on their math skills, and their science skills aren't as bad - however, their language skills, history knowledge, and general all-around knowledge (they didn't take shop, home ec, typing, or any advanced history or government classes as they weren't offered - nor would there have been adequate time given the strong curricular emphasis on math and science courses). Unfortunately, we've lost sight in the US that schools are for *education*, which includes a rounded courseload, because students learn not only course materials, but *how to learn* if they get a good education. This has been lost in the drive to cram as many math and science formulas into their heads, and the misguided notion that this will somehow make the students "better". Whatever that means - it isn't working on almost any level of success.
I know Technet is NOT for production use. But I'd bet dollars to donuts that many who won Technet subs around here (and anywhere), are using these OS licenses and Office licenses on their computers at home.
Dreamspark...yes I understand that too. But I was broke when I was in college and took out lots of loans and it took me over 10 years to pay them off. It's just a kick in the nuts when students can get something for an absurdly low price and a person who is unemployed and trying to get back into the workforce has to pay $100-$400 for the same software.
Not too different in the UK nowadays.Cluberti
the misguided notion that this will somehow make the students "better". Whatever that means - it isn't working on almost any level of success.
Illustrated by Trevor Nunn sitting the A level shakespeare paper and only scoring a B.
Very few marks for thinking or ideas - mostly for parrotting out the "expected" points.
It's not just the student and the teacher it is also the parent/s.