Details seep out on Vista upgrade coupons

— 1:08 AM on October 9, 2006

Rumors appeared a couple of months ago about Microsoft preparing an upgrade coupon scheme to allow buyers of Windows XP-based PCs to upgrade to Windows Vista for free. The guys over at BetaNews have now gotten some fresh details regarding the purported scheme. Upgrade coupons will supposedly be available for PCs purchased after October 28 and will be redeemable until March 15 next year. Users who purchase systems with Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, or Windows XP Professional x64 Edition will be entitled to a free upgrade to Vista, while those with Windows XP Home will need to chip in $49 to get Vista Home Basic and $79 for Vista Home Premium. Retail-boxed versions of those Vista editions are due to be priced at $199 and $239, respectively.

Microsoft has yet to confirm the upgrade scheme or any related details officially, but the company is quoted as having said, "We're working with partners on this," when asked about the subject.

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