Acer, the world's fourth largest PC manufacturer, says Microsoft is effectively forcing consumers to pay for the pricier Vista Premium because Vista Home Basic isn't any good
. "The new [Vista] experience you hear of, if you get Basic, you won't feel it at all," said Acer senior VP Jim Wong, "There's no [Aero] graphics, no Media Center, no remote control." Since PC buyers won't settle for Home Basic, Wong Says, they'll demand Premium, but won't want to pay extra for it. Premium costs manufacturers 10% more than Home Basic, which increases the cost to build a PC by to 1-2%, a significant amount in the low-margin OEM world.
What do you think? Will anybody want Vista Home Basic, or will PC manufacturers be stuck holding the bill? If nobody wants Home Basic, should Microsoft ditch it and lower the price for Premium?