While Windows Vista won't be available for sale this year, Microsoft wants every consumer to make purchases as if the new OS were already out. The software giant announced the holiday availability of PCs, software, hardware and games that will work with Windows Vista.
More than 250 hardware and software products from over 50 industry partners have received either the Certified for Windows Vista logo or the Works with Windows Vista logo created to help consumers more easily identify software and devices that are compatible with the new operating system. The Works with Windows Vista logo helps ensure compatibility, and the Certified for Windows Vista logo indicates that a particular software or device will help deliver a superior end-user experience when used with a PC running a Windows Vista operating system.
It's also been long rumored that Microsoft will offer some sort of upgrade program for PCs sold this holiday season, even though some analysts believe that the upgrade incentives will be insignificant. It's likely that PCs sold with the option to upgrade to Vista will be a part of Microsoft's logo program.
In other logo news, Microsoft said games that carry the Games for Windows logo must meet certain requirements, such as the ability to work with x64 versions of Windows Vista and support the Windows Vista Games Explorer function. Games that feature this logo and will be available for purchase this holiday season include "Company of Heroes," "LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy" and "Microsoft Flight Simulator X."