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Vista upgrade promo to cause confusion

updated 03:10 pm EDT, Thu October 26, 2006

Vista upgrades, confusion

Microsoft's recently announced plan to offer Vista upgrade coupons as a means of shoring up computer sales during the holiday is "another Microsoft stumble," according to one report. ZDNet's Adrian Kingsley criticizes the coupon system -- which offers different upgrade paths from Windows XP systems purchased between October and March, depending on the XP edition -- for allowing widely varying discounts that may only serve to confuse buyers. Kingsley condemns the frequent ineligibility and contrasting prices for the upgrades, with many entry-level PCs being excluded entirely from free upgrades by system builders while owners of other systems face significant expenses, according to Electronista.

Dell customers, for instance, must pay $45 for an upgrade from XP Home to Vista Home Basic, while HP and Gateway offer the same upgrade for free. Other manufacturers are allowed to charge unspecified fees that are likely to cause hesitation in buyers, who may be caught off-guard by hidden costs. "Microsoft has taken what should be relatively easy and made it far too complicated by handing too much control over to the PC vendors."




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  1. ADeweyan

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Now there's a surprise

    "Microsoft has taken what should be relatively easy and made it far too complicated ..."

    In other news, water is wet, the sun is hot and blows to the head hurt.

  1. dennisobell

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Gates = Lucas?

    Does this remind anyone else of the Star Wars early-bird certificate boondoggle of 1977?

    Of course, that gimmick worked. Somehow I doubt this Microsoft ploy will be as successful.

  1. FastAMX79

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    MS's Motto!!!!

    "Microsoft has taken what should be relatively easy and made it far too complicated by handing too much control over to the PC vendors."

    if it was easy, it just wouldn't be microsoft!

  1. whackjob

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    no culture

    In microsofts lack lustre world this is considered "innovative" give them credit for spending hours planning this ;)

  1. sluxx

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    The KICS Principle

    Keep It Complicated and Stupid!

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    zune!

    yeah but zune is totally gonna kick iPod's a**! Just you wait! Why 5 years from now Zune will almost be as good as today's iPod!

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    my first thought is

    Why does a Mac based News/Forum site give a damn about winodws Vista and M$ temper-tantrum_

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