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Recently we told you that the price of WHS 2011 had been reduced. Well today Newegg have got in on the action and have WHS 2011 for $49.99 with a $10 off promo code.Buy WHS 2011 from Newegg today
So what do you think of this price reduction? As I said on the Digital Lifestyle Show podcast last week I am in two minds. On the one hand it’s create for people buying WHS from a system builder and building their own, but on the other hand, this isn’t the market that Microsoft made the product for, and frankly this worries me as we still don’t have a major player in the WHS hardware market!
one word: good.
i hope the additional price cuts are due to low sales volumes (whs v1 pp3 is still $100). then i hope microsoft realizes that all those disgruntled customers lashing out in blogs are now speaking more loudly with their wallets. then i hope they get their crap together and realize that home consumers and businesses have different needs. then i hope they will bring drive extender back.
…or they could can the whole thing altogether.
Sounds like a fire sale to me! Along with Zune, WHS was one of my favorite products from Microsoft, but I’m thinking they are both headed the way of the dodo.
I have WHS v1 and love it, but even with the price cuts I’m not going to jump to v2. Reason? No direct upgrade (need to set up the server and lose all my backups), loss of DriveExtender, no compelling new features (except maybe server backup), etc.
I’m with the other poster, consumers aren’t voting with their wallets which is a complete shame. I was one of those “Olivers” that was touting how great WHS v1 was as a product and was looking forward to things like HTPC/Media Center integration, home automation features, and more.
My other thought was this was some sort of sell-off of older stock just before Microsoft releases a brand new WHS 2012 v3, but given your worried comments and that you are a Microsoft MVP in-the-know, your reaction tells me that this probably isn’t the reason.
I tend to agree with Andrew, this seems more like a Panic Sale than anything else. If the Big Hardware Vendors are not behind the new Version of WHS 2011 (and I can not totally blame them) then Mircosoft is limited to the system builders. As much as I love alot of the new features that WHS 2011 has to offer Microsoft has come up very short in one Major Catagory in the New WHS, the reliablilty of thier built-in backup and redundancy applications.
I just purchased WHS 2011 OS! I cannot wait to get it!!!
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