Microsoft today detailed three new distribution methods for
customers looking to buy, upgrade or license multiple copies of Windows Vista. One
such method involves Microsoft selling a copy of its operating system via the
Internet for the user to download onto his or her system, marking a first for
the software giant.
Microsoft will make Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007
available for direct download via Windows
Marketplace starting January 30 at suggested retail prices (but without the
and manuals of the retail version). Windows Vista editions offered through
Windows Marketplace will be available in English only, in either 32-bit or
64-bit versions. Windows Marketplace visitors also can find a wide variety of
Windows-compatible hardware and software, including products carrying the
Certified for Windows Vista logo.
Microsoft also detailed its Windows Anytime Upgrade
program, a new option that allows customers to upgrade their existing edition
of Windows Vista to a higher-grade edition by way of an online transaction. For
example, if a Windows Vista Home Premium or Windows Vista Business user decides
he or she wants more capability — perhaps to join his home PCs to secure
domains at the office, or to experience the multimedia capabilities of Windows
Vista on his work laptop — the user can click on the Windows Anytime Upgrade
option in the Start menu, select the desired upgrade edition, purchase it
online to secure a new digital key, and then follow the on-screen instructions
to complete the upgrade. It was previously revealed that Microsoft would be
versions of Vista on a single DVD, meaning that those who purchase the
operating system on DVD will not have to download additional parts of the
operating system for the upgrade.
The manufacturer's suggested retail prices to upgrade to
more premium editions of Windows Vista are as follows: Home Basic to Home
Premium $79, Home Basic to Ultimate $199, Home Premium to Ultimate $159 and
Business to Ultimate $139.
The third part of Microsoft’s announcement today reveals a
limited-time offer for customers who buy retail copies of Windows Vista
Ultimate. From January 30 through June 30, the Windows Vista Family Discount
will allow North American customers to license two additional copies of Windows
Vista Home Premium for use on other PCs in the home at the reduced price of
$49.99 each. Before completing the order online, customers will need to enter
one valid full or upgrade Windows Vista Ultimate key from their retail boxed
product. After eligibility is verified online, the customer can purchase
licenses to install Windows Vista Home Premium on one or two additional
"With the consumer launch of Windows Vista so close,
we're excited to announce three new ways to make the purchase and upgrade
experience easier than ever," said Brad Brooks, general manager of Windows
Client Marketing at Microsoft. "These new programs give our customers more
flexibility and choice to ensure they get the edition that's right for
quote: My only question is what if I'm upgrading to ultimate from XP? Does that program cover that as well?
quote: Before completing the order online, customers will need to enter one valid full or upgrade Windows Vista Ultimate key from their retail boxed product.
quote: Unfortunately, Apple has been stupid enough to not allow their OS to be installed on any PC. IF that ever happens, I believe they will be a serious threat to MS. Apple’s OS is much better
quote: AND much less expensive. Plus, they upgrade it every 18-24 months vs. MS 5-6 year upgrade cycle. Even upgrading everytime Apple comes out with a new OS would cost about the same as 1 retail copy of Vista Ultimate.
quote: b) You need media center and remote desktop on the same PC
quote: That's probably why Windows by itself needs a add-in software program to play DVD movies.