Microsoft Middle East in Vista upgrade talks

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

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By  Matthew Wade Published  August 22, 2006

Microsoft Middle East is in talks with its regional hardware partners about the possibility of rolling out its forthcoming Vista upgrade scheme here. Following online leaks about this scheme by Taiwan-based PC makers earlier this month, as reported on news.com, a spokesperson for the regional arm of the software giant told Windows Middle East, “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 comments of Taiwanese vendors reported online, the aim of this voucher initiative is to encourage PC sales between now and the beginning of next year (the thinking being that with such a voucher in hand buyers will have no reason to wait until Vista-based systems are launched next year).

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