updated 04:30 pm EDT, Fri September 22, 2006
Vista Coupons for Laptops
With Windows Vista delays causing anxiety amongst computer manufacturers, there have already been indications that Microsoft and partners would use incentive coupons promising an inexpensive copy of the future OS to drive PC sales during the critical holiday period. New information appears to not only confirm the program but reveals many specifics, according to a DigiTimes report. Starting in October, vendors of laptops are expected to partner with Microsoft and offer coupons for Vista upgrades to computer buyers from then until the official launch of the new software in January 2007. The primary focus, say sources, will be to spur sales of Media Center-equipped laptops by offering a free upgrade to Vista Home Premium to buyers of systems with XP Media Center Edition. Those who buy less expensive portables using Windows XP Home Edition will receive a 50% discount on the Home Premium update. Digitimes' information appears to confirm earlier news that Microsoft is attempting to raise overall Windows prices by discouraging sales of XP Home and Vista Home Basic.