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Infin1ty 01-19-2007 10:59 AM

Vista To Be Released Online
Dont worry its not just being released online but you will be able to download it from Microsofts website, along with Office 2007, starting January 30th! Heres the story..


Microsoft to make Vista available online

(AP) -- Microsoft Corp. will make its new Windows Vista operating system available for sale and download online, marking a new step for the software company, which has previously sold Windows only on packaged discs or pre-loaded on computers.

A relatively low number of computer users are likely to get Vista by downloading it from the Internet. But the mere availability indicates that Microsoft is fiddling with distribution methods for the extremely profitable franchise at the core of its business.

The download program, announced late Wednesday by the Redmond, Washington-based software maker, will also include the Office 2007 line of software when both are released for consumers January 30.

At least initially, the huge downloads will be available in North America only.

Far more commonly, consumers will get Vista already installed on new PCs bought after January 30.

The download process is targeted at people who are running the prior operating system, Windows XP, and want to get Vista without having to buy a new PC. However, Vista imposes hardware requirements that not all Windows XP machines can meet.

For those who do buy Vista the normal way, Microsoft is launching a new program that makes it easier to upgrade from one edition of the operating system to another.

Here's how that will work. For consumers, Vista will come in four flavors, Home Basic, which retails for $199, Home Premium ($239) Business ($299) and Ultimate ($399). Though consumers will pick one version when they buy a computer, higher versions will be embedded on the machine's hard drive or packaged on discs that come with it.

Anyone who wants to move up the chain -- from Home Basic to Home Premium for another $79, Home Basic to Ultimate ($199), Home Premium to Ultimate ($159), or Business to Ultimate ($139) -- will be able to click a new "Windows Anytime Upgrade" function, pay for the upgrade online and then receive a coded license "key" that will unlock the more expensive edition.

Microsoft also plans a promotion that will let buyers of Vista Ultimate get $50 copies of Home Premium for two other PCs.

Bill Mannion, director of consumer marketing for Windows, called these three steps part of an overall effort "to give more flexibility to end users."

Matt Rosoff, an analyst with Directions on Microsoft, said the company likely was hoping to increase the incentives for consumers to buy costlier versions of Vista.

Indeed, much of the marketing surrounding Vista will highlight features available only in higher-end versions, such as the new three-dimensional user interface and encryption functions.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

UK31337 01-19-2007 11:15 AM

Re: Vista To Be Released Online
I've already downloaded it - you can get it through MSDN.

mammikoura 01-19-2007 11:23 AM

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Originally Posted by UK31337
I've already downloaded it - you can get it through MSDN.

and through torrents :D

Toby 01-19-2007 02:42 PM

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I'd download it if I wasn't on such a crappy connection... lol 256 down/64 up.

lhuser 01-19-2007 02:47 PM

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Yep, i have it. Timer is stopped at 30 days still :p

Toby 01-19-2007 02:55 PM

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And to think... It wasn't supposed to be crackable.

What a joke.

mammikoura 01-19-2007 03:07 PM

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Originally Posted by lhuser
Yep, i have it. Timer is stopped at 30 days still :p

yeah, it's weird how it stops at 30 days isn't it? :D

lhuser 01-19-2007 04:19 PM

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Indeed ;)

David Lindon 01-19-2007 04:37 PM

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What annoys me is that everything except ultimate lacks the features everyone needs. Thats a crafty way of getting everyone to pay for the most expensive version

^Mike^ 01-19-2007 06:06 PM

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I saw that article today, I won't be getting Vista though, to expensive for me

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