The point is that I don’t need to budget for this upgrade. I don’t need to obtain volume licenses and decide where to deploy them. I don’t need to do anything except click the Easy, errr, Upgrade button. Even if we had to pay for it and properly license it, wouldn’t it be slick if we could open Windows Update in XP or Vista, choose an optional OS upgrade, enter our volume license key, and then walk away?
Of course, it would be even slicker if it was free.
Every time I *don't* have to hunt around for license keys, worry about if deploying another VM will put me over a volume license limit, etc., etc., etc., I'm so glad I'm using free software for the vast majority of what I do.