Microsoft recently announced that consumers can buy and download Vista and Office 2007 once they become available January, 30. Not sure if this is more of a hassle due to long download times or less of a hassle compared to shopping for it. Either way come January 30, you can download the software from the comfort of your home.
In addition to the download options, Microsoft also announced two new methods for customers looking to upgrade or license multiple copies of Windows Vista. Windows Anytime Upgrade is a new option that allows customers to conveniently upgrade their existing edition of Windows Vista to a higher-grade edition by way of an online transaction. The suggested retail prices to upgrade to more premium editions of Windows Vista are as follows: Home Basic to Home Premium $79, Home Basic to Ultimate $199, Home Premium to Ultimate $159 and Business to Ultimate $139.
The Windows Vista Family Discount option will make it easier for households with multiple PCs to make the move to Windows Vista. Microsoft is launching a limited-time offer for customers who buy retail copies of Windows Vista Ultimate. From Jan. 30 through June 30, the Windows Vista Family Discount will allow North American customers to license two additional copies of Windows Vista Home Premium for use on other PCs in the home at the reduced price of $49.99 each.
Customers will be able to obtain detailed feature-by-feature information on the different Windows Vista editions, so that they can make an informed decision on whether an upgrade is right for them. These new programs give customers more flexibility and choice in purchasing Windows Vista.