Microsoft Middle East in talks over Vista upgrade

Microsoft Middle East is in talks with its regional partners about the possibility of rolling out its forthcoming Vista upgrade scheme here.

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By  Published  September 1, 2006

Microsoft Middle East is in talks with its regional partners about the possibility of rolling out its forthcoming Vista upgrade scheme here. Following online leaks about this scheme by Taiwan-based PC makers last month, a spokes-person for the regional arm of the software giant told Windows, “At the moment we are talking with all of our partners about plans for an offer, but those discussions are ongoing and we have nothing more to share at this time.” The scheme looks likely to offer buyers of Windows XP-based systems a free upgrade coupon, which will entitle them to upgrade to Microsoft’s forthcoming Vista OS when it is officially launched in early 2007. According to the reported comments of Taiwanese vendors last month, the aim of this initiative is to boost PC sales strong between now and the beginning of next year, because with such a voucher buyers would have no reason to wait until Vista-based systems are launched next year.

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