updated 04:40 pm EST, Wed December 27, 2006
Microsoft gifts bloggers
Microsoft has provided numerous influential bloggers such as Scott Beale of Laughing Squid with free top-end Acer Ferrari custom-configured notebooks. Each system is said to ship with a preinstalled copy of Windows Vista Ultimate -- the premium edition of Microsoft's forthcoming operating system. Beale has documented his reception of the Acer Ferrari 1000 12.1-inch notebook boasting a 1.80GHz AMD Turion 64x2 CPU and 1GB of DDR2 memory with a 160GB SATA hard drive. The blogger received two identical notes which he says seems to confirm that the gift is related to the Windows Vista launch. Describing the laptop 'a nice surprise,' Beale surmises that Microsoft may have shipped him the notebook to reach out to Mac users, or that he was recommended by people he knows who work for Redmond-based company.