Microsoft tries to spur sales with Windows Vista coupons; eWeek says consider Apple Mac instead

“People who buy certain Windows personal computers this holiday season will be offered free or heavily discounted coupons to upgrade to Microsoft Corp.’s new operating system, Windows Vista, under a program designed to spur sales despite Vista’s delay, Microsoft says,” The Associated Press reports.

“Vista is currently scheduled to be released to consumers sometime in January, after numerous delays that forced the Redmond, Washington, software maker to push the launch date beyond the holiday season. It’s also scheduled to be released to big business clients in November, although exact launch dates for both versions haven’t been made public,” AP reports. “The coupon program begins Thursday and runs through mid-March, Microsoft said Tuesday. Particulars of the deal will vary depending on the computer maker and retailer.”

“Microsoft estimated it would have to defer about $1.5 billion in revenue from its fiscal second quarter, which ends December 31, to its fiscal third quarter ending March 31 because of the promotion. But the company said it would have no impact on its overall fiscal 2007 results,” AP reports. “Microsoft and computer makers have offered similar deals in the past to try to lure people to upgrade. The cost to upgrade or buy a new version of Vista at full retail price will range from $99.95 to $399, depending on the version.”

Full article here.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes for eWeek, “Vista is finally—we think—arriving shortly. But, which, if any, Vista is the one you should buy for your home or company?”

Vaughan-Nichols writes, “With six different versions, the potential for buying the wrong version for the job has just gone up. Buy too low and you don’t get the functionality you need. Or, buy too high, and you get some office ‘functionality,’ like the Game Performance Tweaker that you really don’t need.”

Vaughan-Nichols covers all of the Windows Vista versions and finds, “For home users, Home Premium is the Vista to buy. Business users should just buy Business Vista, and, unless Microsoft can come up with better reasons, avoid Enterprise. Oh, but before I go, let me add that the Linux and Mac desktops, are every bit as good now, if not better, than Vista will be tomorrow. So long as you’re seriously thinking about upgrading your PCs, you really should consider the non-Microsoft alternatives. You may just be surprised at how good they are these days.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: For our Windows-only visitors via Google News and elsewhere: Why continue on with an expensive ($399 for Vista Ultimate?!) operating system that is trying so desperately to be Apple’s Mac OS X? Most likely, you’re going to need a new computer to run Vista anyway. Why not use that money toward a new Mac instead? Install a copy of Windows XP on it via Apple’s free Boot Camp or Parallels US$79.99 Desktop for Mac. From what we see, you won’t be missing out on much by ignoring Windows Vista (some call it “Windows XP SP3”) and you’ll be gaining so much more with Apple’s virus-free Mac OS X and iLife applications running on elegant and inexpensive Intel-powered Apple hardware. Macs will run Vista, too, if you’re so inclined.

See:
The plight of the Windows sufferer prompts CNET Editor to suggest: Get a Mac – October 24, 2006
Development approaches of Mac OS X Leopard vs. Windows Vista yield very different results – August 15, 2006
Analyst: Apple’s new Mac OS X Leopard sets new bar, leaves Microsoft’s Vista in the dust – August 08, 2006
Symantec researcher: At this time, there are no file-infecting viruses that can infect Mac OS X – July 13, 2006
Sophos: Apple Mac OS X’s security record unscathed; Windows Vista malware just a matter of time – July 07, 2006
Computerworld: Microsoft Windows Vista a distant second-best to Apple Mac OS X – June 02, 2006
Analyst: Windows Vista may still impress many consumers because they have not seen Apple’s Mac OS X – January 05, 2006

Now is the perfect time to consider trying something new (and you can still run your Windows applications, too)! At some point in your life, you’ve probably told someone, “You don’t know what you’re missing,” right? Well, we’re saying that to you today. Get a Mac! You deserve it. And the Mac community will be here to support your new adventure every step of the way. Why do we care what you use? Do it and you’ll find yourself telling people to “Get a Mac,” too. Switching from Windows PC to Mac really is a revelation.

Find out more about Mac OS X Tiger here: http://www.apple.com/macosx/tiger/
And Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard (coming spring 2007) here: http://www.apple.com/macosx/leopard/

Apple’s Intel-powered MacBook starts at just $1099. And, Apple’s Intel-powered iMac starts at only $999.. Apple’s Mac mini starts at just $599 (For $200 more than a box of Vista Ultimate, you get a Mac, Mac OS X, iLife, and so much more)!

Don’t just take our word for it (we are MacDailyNews, after all). Check out the related articles below and see what independent reviewers have to say about the Mac and Mac OS X:

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33 Comments

  1. …like the Game Performance Tweaker that you really don’t need.

    Couldn’t they have come up with a sleeker name? And aren’t the majority of Windows consumers corporations anyway? I can’t imagine consulting my clients on how to disable the Game Performance Tweaker that keeps interfering with their Office apps.

  2. You know, every time I’m ready to flame MS for aggravated lameness, I look at my brokerage account and see how my AAPL shares are doing..

    Three cheers for Ballmer and company! Keep up the great work, guys! How about implementing a pre-licensing scheme that requires a ZOON and an Xbox to activate the coupon which is redeemable in ten years, unless Vista actually ships before that?

    -jcr

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