Thursday, June 25, 2009

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Free UpGrade To Windows 7 For Vista Ultimate Owners

In a move aimed at keeping sales of PCs moving, Microsoft is about to let people who buy PCs pre-installed with Windows Vista between July 1 and October 22  to get a free or discounted upgrade to Windows 7 when it ships in late October. [Refer my earlier post: Free Upgrade To Windows 7]
And now, I wish Microsoft Corp. should give Windows Vista Ultimate owners a free upgrade to Windows 7. It would buy them a lot of good will, and I don't think it would cost them much. Microsoft should compensate its users for its (Microsoft's) failure to deliver on the promise of "Ultimate Extras".

Ultimate Extras was one of the features Microsoft cited in the months leading up to the early-2007 release of Windows Vista Ultimate to distinguish it from lower-priced versions. 
According to Microsoft, Extras was to regularly provide "cutting-edge programs, innovative services and unique publications" only to Ultimate users.
But users quickly took Microsoft to task for too few add-ons and a too-slow release pace. Five months after Vista's launch, critics began complaining and Microsoft said that it would do better.

Two months later, users again blasted Microsoft as the company's self-imposed deadline for delivering more add-ons came and went without any new downloads. The last time Microsoft delivered Extras was in September 2008, when it released a puzzle game, some sound effects and three screensavers (See Screen Shot For The List Of Ultimate Extras Microsoft Released Till Date).
In fact, Microsoft announced that it would drop the concept from Windows 7's Ultimate edition.
Microsoft's free upgrade to Windows 7 would be welcomed by some Ultimate owners. How-freakin'-ever, all they got was useless crap that most of them wouldn't download anyway. What Microsoft should do is give the Ultimate idiots a big break on Windows 7.
Microsoft has not yet disclosed the pricing for Windows 7's editions, although the company will reportedly offer free or discounted upgrades to users who buy Vista PCs after July 1. According to those reports, people who buy Vista Ultimate after that date will be upgraded to Windows 7 Ultimate. Pricing is always the last thing for them to decide.

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