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Windows Vista upgrade for a fee; Office 2007 upgrade for free

Microsoft today officially announced programs to provide holiday shoppers with low-cost upgrades to Windows Vista, which we first reported on earlier this month. New information for today is that Microsoft is offering a similar upgrade path for PCs pre-installed with 2003 Microsoft Office software to 2007 Microsoft Office.

The software giant says it is offering the Technology Guarantee program to consumers and small businesses from Oct. 26, 2006, through March 15, 2007.

“Our customers can shop for a new PC with confidence this holiday season because of the Express Upgrade to Windows Vista and Office Technology Guarantee programs,” said Mike Sievert, corporate vice president of Windows Client Marketing at Microsoft. “These programs ensure people will have a great experience with their Windows XP-based PCs today, and an even better one when Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office release become available.”

A number of computer manufacturers worldwide have confirmed plans to participate in the Express Upgrade to Windows Vista program. PCs carrying the Windows Vista Capable logo may be eligible for the program, but upgrade offers will vary among PC makers and region.

U.S. upgrades from Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 to Windows Vista Home Premium, and upgrades from Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition to Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Business 64, will be offered for a nominal fee. Upgrades from Windows XP Home Edition to Windows Vista Home Basic and to Windows Vista Home Premium will be offered at a 50 percent discount from the boxed product upgrade price, plus the cost of shipping and handling.

Customers will also receive upgrades from 2003 Office to comparable 2007 Office release products for the cost of shipping and handling when the product becomes available.

For more information, visit Microsoft's Express Upgrade page.





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