Microsoft Corporation has finally announced that it will make the new operating system, Windows Vista, available for sale by downloading online. This is a huge new step for the company since it has only sold Windows operating systems in stores on boxed discs or pre-installed on desktops and laptops. Windows operating systems that are sold in stores are under high security, which is logical since the program runs about 200 dollars.
Although this is a major leap for Microsoft, many technology experts predict that few people will download Windows Vista online, but instead buy online. Many consumers choose to buy Windows in a store because they are able to have a physical copy of the program in hand. Microsoft is aware of this prediction, but still praises its new distribution methods and being able to reach more consumers all over the world, or at least in North America, where downloads are expected to occur the most.
In addition to Windows Vista, consumers that decide to purchase online will get Office 2007 when both programs are released on January 30th 2007. New computer buyers do not have to worry about updating to Windows Vista either. Vista will already be installed on new PCs purchased online and in stores after January 30th.
Microsoft’s download program is mostly targeted at people who are currently running Windows XP or lower versions of windows and want to update without having to shell out the money to buy a new PC. The major problem with upgrading is that many Windows XP computers do not have the capability to run Windows Vista. Still, Microsoft states that it will help as many users as possible to upgrade to Vista.
This time, Microsoft Windows Vista comes in four different versions: Home Basic which costs $199, Home Premium $299, Business $299, and Ultimate $399. What is amazing is that consumers can choose which version they want when they go to purchase a PC after January 30th.
With higher versions of Vista embedded on PCs, users can simply click “Windows Upgrade” to go from Home Basic to Home Premium for an extra $79, Home Basic to Ultimate for an extra $199, and Business to Ultimate for $139. All of these upgrades can be done from the comfort of the home. Once the upgrade is purchased online, a special key code will be sent for installation of the new version.
Microsoft also plans a new promotion that will allow buys of Vista get $50 copies of Home Premium for up to two other PCs. It is unsure of how long this promotion will last. The purpose of Vista is to give users more options and a better navigating operating system.
Remember to keep your eyes out for more news about Windows Vista and Microsoft, especially after it comes out for purchase on January 30th.