Microsoft, PC makers ready free Vista upgrade plan

— 12:20 PM on August 10, 2006

Microsoft and major PC vendors are preparing a scheme to boost PC sales before the introduction of Windows Vista, according to Taiwanese PC manufacturers. Prospective PC buyers will be offered a free upgrade coupon, apparently allowing them to purchase a Vista-capable Windows XP machine and get a free upgrade to Windows Vista when the operating system comes out early next year. The scheme will kick off in October, and DigiTimes' sources believe it will encourage users to buy new PCs before Vista is out rather than hold off until after the holiday season. Microsoft actually shook hands on the deal with PC makers last month, but no official announcement was made so as to not thwart PC sales before October, the sources claim. That effort may now be void, though, since the President of Taiwanese ODM Compal reportedly confirmed the coupon scheme during an investor conference yesterday.

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