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Should Windows 7 be a free upgrade to all Vista Ultimate users?

Should Microsoft make Windows 7 available as a free upgrade to all Vista Ultimate users? Analyst Michael Cherry thinks this is what Microsoft should do.

Should Microsoft make Windows 7 available as a free upgrade to all Vista Ultimate users? Analyst Michael Cherry thinks this is what Microsoft should do.

So, why should Microsoft extend this generous offer to Vista Ultimate users? According to Cherry the reason is because the company failed to deliver on its promise to provide those running Vista Ultimate with the Ultimate Extras that were promised.

Regular readers will recall that I've ranted about the poor show of Ultimate Extras that Microsoft released for Vista customers a number of times. In fact, "poor show" is an understatement. Most of the downloads that Microsoft made available were little more than junk.

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I was also very annoyed as to how Microsoft tried to brush the whole Ultimate Extras issue under the mat with Vista SP1 by changing the wording on the relevant screen in Control Panel.

Personally, I agree with Cherry and feel that Microsoft should give something to those people who bought the Ultimate Vista package (especially those who paid for a retail copy) and didn't get everything that they were promised. After all, a free (or perhaps a lower-cost) upgrade to Windows 7 is all that Microsoft has left to offer. Realistically though, I don't see it happening, both because of the cost and the admin hassles.

Anyone else out there feel annoyed at being duped by the Ultimate Extras?

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