If you are in the market for a new computer, keep your eyes and ears open as I expect the various vendors will be offering special upgrade packages. This will be of particular interest to parents planning a new computer purchase prior to sending a child off to university in the fall.
@inafried: Windows 7 to launch October 22
@MitchWagner: Windows 7 To Ship Oct. 22, Microsoft Confirms
As I suspected, there will indeed be a Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program. From The Date for General Availability (GA) of Windows 7 is…:
"Some people may not be able to wait for Windows 7 to arrive before having to order a new PC (like parents who are sending their sons or daughters off to school who need of a PC to take with them). Fortunately, there is no need to wait. Soon, customers will be able to take advantage of the Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program. This program enables participating retailers and OEMs to offer a special deal to upgrade to Windows 7 for customers purchasing a qualifying PC. I’ll be doing another blog post about this program with a date and more details when we get closer to availability.
Obviously, Release To Manufacturing (RTM) is an important milestone on the path to GA. We anticipate that we’ll be able to make the RTM code for Windows 7 available to our partners sometime in the 2nd half of July. We also expect to be able to make RTM code for Windows Server 2008 R2 available to our partners in this time frame as well."
Microsoft: Windows 7
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