Microsoft wants to force everyone to pay for new updates
• Cambridge, England
@shynu44 Upgrades (that is, upgrading to a new operating system) cost money simply because it costs Microsoft a great deal of money to make a new operating system and to support it with updates. There are a number of reasons why people don't immediately buy the new upgrades. Most often it is because SysAdmins of large organisations are unwilling to move to a new system immediately because upgrading hundreds of computers on a network is no simple task and there are more often than not incompatibilities with existing systems which nobody (least of all Microsoft) can predict. The actual cost of the new licences is usually only a relatively minor consideration.