Two out of three for region’s Vista buyers

Microsoft Corporation has announced three methods through which end users will be able to upgrade or license multiple copies of Windows Vista after the operating system’s launch, however only two of these will apply to users in this region and these programmes are not exected to go live for several weeks yet.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  January 22, 2007

Microsoft Corporation has announced three methods through which end users will be able to upgrade or license multiple copies of Windows Vista after the operating system’s launch, however only two of these will apply to users in this region and these programmes are not exected to go live for several weeks yet. As detailed on a Microsoft Corporation press page, Windows Anytime Upgrade, Windows Vista Family Discount and Windows Marketplace will provide customers with what Microsoft claims will be, “greater flexibility in obtaining the new operating system and will ensure they have the edition of Windows Vista that matches their needs”. “With the consumer launch of Windows Vista so close, we’re excited to announce three new ways to make the purchase and upgrade experience easier than ever,” said Brad Brooks, general manager of Windows Client Marketing at Microsoft. “These new programs give our customers more flexibility and choice to ensure they get the edition that’s right for them.” However a Microsoft Gulf spokesperson today confirmed that Windows Vista Family Discount is not set to launch in this region, whilst Marketplace and Anytime Upgrade will appear, but not for a few weeks. “Family Discount will not be implemented here as it’s local to the US market,” he confirmed. “However we are currently working on preparing Windows Marketplace for launch in the Gulf region. Users can expect this to go live in early March. Anytime Upgrade meanwhile will only be available in the US, Canada, Europe and Japan right after Vista’s launch. We are still working on a final date for this region.” Windows Marketplace will allow home and business customers in this region to download Windows Vista and the firm’s Office 2007 system directly from their PCs. Windows Vista editions offered through Windows Marketplace are expected to be available in English only, in either 32-bit or 64-bit versions. Windows Anytime Upgrade meanwhile allows customers to upgrade their existing edition of Windows Vista to a higher-grade edition via an online transaction, whilst the firm’s North American Windows Vista Family Discount programme- not scheduled for launch here - allows Vista Ultimate buyers to license two additional copies of Home Premium for use on other PCs in the home at the reduced price of US $49.99 each. Windows Vista is due to be rolled out worldwide on January 30, however last week the same Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to Windows Middle East that the OS will not hit stores in the Middle East until mid-February, after some of the firm’s partners asked Microsoft "to push this (date) a little”.

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