Microsoft confirmed it will roll out a Windows Vista to Windows 7 upgrade program, so consumers can buy a PC right now and get a free update to Windows 7 when the new operating system is released on October 22.
Speaking at the Computex computing expo in Taipei, Steve Guggenheimer, corporate VP for Microsoft's OEM computing unit, confirmed Windows 7's Oct. 22 release date and said more details of the upgrade program would be released soon.
"Microsoft has been working closely with our partners to help our mutual customers be able to enjoy the many benefits of Windows 7," said Guggenheimer. "With that in mind, we're excited to say that there will be a Windows 7 upgrade program available. Consumers can buy that new PC, whether for a student heading off to college or just because they need a new one, and know they'll get Windows 7 as part of the deal."