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There is a growing consensus of opinion forming that Windows "Seven" will be "modular," the concept being that you buy the core OS first and then add to it individual "modules" with logically distinct units of functionality. There are two ways the OS could be modularized in such a fashion, the first being that it could be split into functional "roles," such as "music" or "movies" or "mail & chat." The other option, which is a bit more radical, would be to build on the "Windows Live" software that updates/replaces some of the OS components. For example, Vista's Windows Photo Gallery is replaceable with Windows Live Photo Gallery. The Live version is similar in concept, but includes greater online integration and features.

With both Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, we can see the first few steps in this modular direction, albeit in different ways. Windows Server 2008 has as one of its major features the idea of "roles". Rather than installing everything and the kitchen sink, with 2008 you install the base OS and then choose one or more roles, such as Active Directory domain controller, Web Server, or Print Server, and the software components to support those tasks are installed accordingly.

This "roles" tack has resulted in the now infamous multiplicity of versions of Windows Vista. If you want Media Center, you need to get Home Premium; if you want hard drive encryption, you need to get Enterprise; if you want Aero Glass you mustn't get Home Basic; if you want everything, you have go get Ultimate.

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hmm when will they learn?
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May be good for the client/server model but will never fly with the home user and OEMs. This model is nothing new, as Sun and others have been doing this for many years.
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as long as they release a nice Ultimate Everything Included edition, i'm happy.
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I don't think it's a bad idea if you get everything on the disk, and then just select what you want to install, ie core os, then maybe you want internet, media player, etc stuff like that on top. As long as the total price isn't ridiculous. And sorry to be the one that says this but, repost!
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As long as it runs games (preferably in DX11) I'll be happy. I've never understood the need to spend an extra $150 for a handful of features nobody ever uses...
    
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as long as they release a nice Ultimate Everything Included edition, i'm happy.
Which will most probably come at a higher Premium than previous OS's

For me i paid £170 for Premium

home basic was only like £150

M$ will most probably charge about £170 for this 'core OS' and then about £30 for each extra.

Am i the only one who see's this as a different way for M$ to make more money

Obviously this might not be the case.....
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They aren't doing this to be nice. They're doing it because by the time we have bought all the pieces to make it as functional as vista or xp, we'll have paid more than we should have.

eg. It'll be $50 for the base OS, plus another $50 for music and video, another $50 for internet and email, and so on...

However, it will be nice for folders who don't want to use linux.
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