Online Petition asks Blair to pressure Microsoft

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Found 22nd Feb 2007
An online petition at the 10 Downing Street government "e-petitions" web site started by Paul Milne has requested that the British Prime Minister Tony Blair put pressure on Microsoft for the huge price difference between the UK/US retail version of Windows Vista, specifically the Ultimate version of which an example is given.

The petition reads:
"There is a huge difference in the price that people in the US and the UK are paying for Windows Vista the new Microsoft Operating System. As an example of this, in the UK a full copy of Vista Ultimate would cost you £350, in the US it would cost you £195. The US version of Vista is exactly the same as the UK version. There is no difference. Therefore I can see no reason for there to be such a huge difference in prices between the UK and the US other than Microsofts belief that the UK customers will pay more than their US counterparts. I ask people to sign this petition in the hope that the Prime Minister will bring pressure to bear on Microsoft over their pricing as it is my belief they are simply overcharging the people of the UK and therefore are ripping us off."
At the time of posting, the petition has mustered 182 signatures with a deadline set for April 20th 2007. It has to be noted that Blair emailed an official response to over 1.7 million people just two days ago regarding another petition started on the government website. So who knows how far this can go.

petitions.pm.gov.uk/Vis…ge/
Source: neowin.net/ind…294

6 Comments

Tony Blair just pissed on 1.8M people who signed road tax petition and you expecting him to pay any attention to MS case?

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Tony Blair just pissed on 1.8M people who signed road tax petition and … Tony Blair just pissed on 1.8M people who signed road tax petition and you expecting him to pay any attention to MS case?




was just about to say the same thing. he pi$$ed on our chips about inheritance tax also!!!

"ripping us off" is hardly the language of politics !

But apart from that, it's a fair price *if* we all pay it. If you don't like it - simple - don't flipping buy it. THAT is the only way to affect prices. Supply and demand rules in business, not government intervention. You wouldn't expect Blair to rule over house prices would you ?

If the increase is not simply because of the import tax imposed on goods coming into this country then I think the price should be dropped

can you guys not import via Ebay or such like? Would that work ?

In my opinion vista may well prove to be a millennium type of release and not worth rushing out to buy
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