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MSFT to offer Vista Coupons

August 11th, 2006 by Patrick S

A few years ago when whistler (XP) was just around the corner many people put off the purchasing of a computer until the new OS was released (so they wouldn’t have to upgrade in the near future). So what about vista… XP is to be outdated soon so what will consumers do then?

The solution? Coupons. According to what is essentially third-hand but still reliable information, Microsoft has struck a deal with many PC manufacturers to offer coupons to their buyers in the fourth quarter of 2006, when Vista was supposed to be released. The coupons can then be redeemed for a copy of Vista upon its release in first quarter 2007. The arrangement was hammered out back in July, but MS is expected to keep quiet on it until at least October to not harm third quarter sales instead.

The leak has been confirmed inadvertently by at least one company: Ray Chen, President of Compal Electronics, acknowledged the deal in an investor meeting this week. He commented that the availability of both Intel Merom processors and a coupon for Windows Vista would point to a stronger fourth quarter sales than expected, as well as first quarter of 2007.

So, it looks like Bob Cratchit can go ahead and get that Vista ready laptop for Tiny Tim in time for Christmas after all. Awwwwww, Bill Gates saves Michael Dell’s Christmas! All sarcasm aside, though, it seems like a wise move by MS when you consider the delays – more computers will be sold, and users will pay for the proper Vista license when they buy it.
Source Bit-Tech

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