I guess that Microsoft really wants to keep computer sales rolling until Windows 7 arrives. I say that because according to TechArp (whom has a high reliablity record when it comes to getting info about Microsoft), Microsoft is planning to offer free upgrades to Windows 7 to users who buy a Vista computer:
The Windows 7 Upgrade Program is designed to assist Microsoft’s OEM partners in minimizing the number of end users who may postpone acquiring a new computer because of the impending release of the Windows 7 operating system. This program allows OEMs to offer an upgrade to Windows 7 to end users who qualify.
This is a consumer-oriented program targeted at individual consumers and small businesses that have purchased eligible PCs during the Program Eligibility Period.
I’m not surprised that they’re doing this. The goal of this program is to minimize the number of end users who may postpone purchasing a new computer because of the next version of Windows will be released soon. That keeps Microsoft’s sales decent and their partners happy.
Let’s see how this works for them.