Southwest Airline has been running ads "Fees don't fly with us" targeting the numerous fees its competitors now tack on.
Against that backdrop, Dell announces an "XP downgrade fee"
Electronista does its best to explain "Buyers picking a system from the company's Vostro business line can choose to install XP Professional instead of Vista Business but must pay an additional $50 beyond the price it takes to upgrade to Vista Business itself. Users face a reduced fee for the downgrade if moving from Vista Ultimate but still pay more than for the upgrade to a higher Vista edition than what comes preloaded on the system."
In the meantime, Southwest will need to expand its list of competitor fees. United just announced iPod support.
How long you reckon before there is a charge to use your own iPod on a plane? Heck, another reason to tote your faithful XP laptop around - the original, not the upgraded-to-Vista-then-downgraded-for-$-50 one :)