Microsoft: Windows 7 Upgrade deal maxes out at 25 PCs

Microsoft: Windows 7 Upgrade deal maxes out at 25 PCs

Summary: There's one more bit of small print regarding Microsoft's Windows 7 Upgrade Option program, which the company unveiled officially last week, that may be of interest to business customers. The Upgrade Option program maxes out at 25 upgrade coupons per customer.

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There's one more bit of small print regarding Microsoft's Windows 7 Upgrade Option program, which the company unveiled officially last week, that may be of interest to business customers.

Via the program, users who purchase new PCs with Windows Vista preloaded from participating PC makers and retailers, as of June 26, will get coupons entitling them to a free copy of Windows 7 some time on or after October 22.  The fine print: As InformationWeek noted, the Upgrade Option program maxes out at 25 upgrade coupons per customer.

A Microsoft spokesperson acknowledged the 25-PC cutoff and provided the following statement as to why the program is capped at that level:

"Like prior tech guarantee programs, the Windows 7 Upgrade Option is designed for consumers and small business. That said, we're providing more choice for customers with Windows 7 than we did before. Past iterations of the tech guarantee program, for example, limited the number of free upgrades requests to five for customers buying Windows pre-installed on a new PC. With Windows 7 Windows Upgrade Option for new PCs, Microsoft has increased that limit by five times, to 25 upgrades.

"Many larger businesses already have Software Assurance agreements that provide them with upgrades to Windows 7 Enterprise and if they don't already they can purchase Software Assurance for new PCs to qualify for an upgrade. Larger businesses also have more flexibility on when they make PC purchases."

Any small business customers or consumers worried about bumping into the 25-PC ceiling for the program? Or are you covered by your volume-license agreement and not counting on coupons for your Windows 7 upgrades?

Topics: Microsoft, Hardware, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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