Microsoft has announced that users buying a new PC from today (26 June) will have the option of upgrading to Windows 7 when it's released in October.
Under the Windows 7 Upgrade Option users who buy a PC that complies with the Windows 7 Upgrade Option will be able to protect their investment when the new operating system debuts later this year by upgrading to it for free.
Windows 7 is the first new PC operating system from Microsoft in almost three years, wtih Vista having been launched in January 2007.
Beta testers of the new product give it good reviews, saying its quicker and more elegant that Vista, which failed to win popular approval.
Locally, one of the first PC vendors to announce details of the royalty-free Windows 7 upgrade programme is Fujitsu Technology Solutions.
"From this Friday (June 26), end customers purchasing qualifying products will be offered an upgrade voucher that can be redeemed when the new operating system is launched by Microsoft later this year," reads a stement from the company.
Fujitsu is offering four upgrade paths: from the Windows Vista Home Premium 32- and 64-bit versions to the Windows 7 Home Premium 32- and 64-bit versions and from the Vista Business 32- and 64-bit versions to the Windows 7 Professional 32- and 64-bit versions.