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Vista Upgrade Coupons On The Way

CRN reports that Microsoft and PC makers will be handing out coupons for Vista upgrades with new PCs starting October 15. The promotion is called the Windows Vista Technology Upgrade Program, and will run from October 26 through March 15, 2007. If you buy a PC with Windows XP Professional (regular or x64) or XP Tablet, you will get a coupon for a free upgrade to Windows Vista (presumably the Business edition).

Sadly, if you buy a PC with XP Home, you get a discount coupon (no word on XP MCE buyers). That means an upgrade to Vista will be cheaper, just $49 for Home Basic and $79 for Home Premium. That’s not terrible, but if you buy a Microsoft OS, you should get a Microsoft OS. No one is going to be encouraged to buy an XP PC just because they can then buy Vista, just not at the full price. Microsoft should make the Vista Home Basic free, and trust Anytime Upgrade to make them money.

Only PCs that can run Vista will get the coupons. None of this is confirmed, and I’m hoping that the terms will change before it gets announced.
(via Mary Jo Foley)

October 6th, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | XP, Vista, Windows, General | no comments



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