There’s a report from the Chinese language “Apple Daily” that says only buyers of new Windows XP Media Center Edition PCs will get coupons for free upgrades to Windows Vista. This contrasts with earlier reports that Windows Vista Capable PCs would get the upgrades.
Microsoft has informed PC makers that free upgrades to Vista will only be available for MCE users, the paper said. For Windows XP users, upgrading to the entry-level version of Vista will cost US$116, wile upgrading to the premium version will cost US$269, noted the paper. The cost may affect PC demand through the first quarter of next year, PC makers were quoted by the paper as saying.
It sort of makes sense that MCE users would get free upgrades to Vista Home Premium, while XP Home users would get Home Basic. In fact, here’s a speculative upgrade coupon list:
- XP Home >> Vista Home Basic
- XP Media Center >> Vista Home Premium
- XP Professional >> Vista Business
- XP Tablet >> Vista Business
This fits in with the Vista upgrade paths Microsoft published earlier, and makes sense monetarily. Of course, if Microsoft does want to shoehorn XP Pro and Tablet users in Vista Business, they need to make it possible to upgrade to Vista Home Premium, if those users so choose, since many people would rather have Windows Vista Media Center than, uh, whatever the hell Vista Business comes with.