Recently I bought a new laptop pre-loaded with Windows Vista Home Basic edition. If you ask me whether I like Vista, Yes for it’s security features and No for it’s slowness. It is slower than Windows XP, even with 1GB RAM.
After using it for a while, I now decided to upgrade to Windows Vista, especially to get working version of IIS 7 (Internet Information Server). (IIS is not available in the Home Basic edition for use as a web server.) There is a “Windows Anytime Upgrade” feature in Vista to upgrade the version online, without loosing any computer settings and data by download the upgrade software online.
Now I tried this option and find that Windows Anytime Upgrade is not supported for INDIA! Hell… Microsoft has posted a note, “If you are asked to select your country /region and your country /region is not listed, then Windows Anytime Upgrade is not available in your country /region at this time. You can purchase the edition of Windows Vista you are interested in at a Microsoft authorized merchant.”
You know what, the Anytime Upgrade is supported for Japan, Austria, Gulf Countries, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, etc. and even other small countries many haven’t even heard of – Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, San Marino, and Slovenia!
Why does not Microsoft support the second largest country India while it supports the smallest countries like Vatican City? Microsoft has its development/research center in India, so I hope they don’t now consider India as the land of snake charmers and cows only!
Microsoft should be supporting India for such new software and should provide at reduced price to fight software piracy in India