Check out this cute story about the lawsuit over low-end Vista.
I generally agree. Microsoft screwed themselves with these numerous versions. While I, as a technically minded individual, can understand the differences in the varying versions, most people won't. My favorite quote:
"Because we here at CG are Microsoft shills, it's hard for us to badmouth the mother ship but this was our complaint from the start. All these ridiculous versions--Basic, Ultimate, Penultimate, Super Duper--just frustrate the bored and litigious. Make everything Ultimate, make everyone buy a new PC, and suck up the loss in low-end sales."
I am really buying a Mac as my next computer. Really. Or maybe I will go with Linux. Or a pad of paper. I'm a little confused in the head.