Over the past months, there have been a series of articles written on the performance capabilities of Microsoft's upcoming Widows 7 operating system on the new small-sized, low-power computer systems known as netbooks. It is expected that the next-generation Windows OS will enable a more stable performance and provide some new features, compared with the current Windows Vista OS, or the Windows XP operating system that is featured on most netbooks currently available on the market. On that note, according to the latest details regarding the availability of Windows 7,
it appears that Vista-powered netbooks will allow users to benefit from Microsoft's Vista to Windows 7 upgrade scheme.
According to an article on Tech ARP, detailing Microsoft's Windows Vista to Windows 7 upgrade scheme, users that have or will acquire a personal computer system that is powered by a Windows Vista OS will be able to take advantage of the aforementioned upgrade. Apparently, this scheme has been put into play so that users that were considering buying a new Windows-powered PC do not stall until the next iteration of Microsoft's operating system becomes official.
It appears that the only Windows Vista editions that will be eligible for the program are: Windows Vista Home Premium, Vista Business and Vista Ultimate. These three versions will enable users to benefit from the upcoming Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate, respectively. There are requirements that need to be met in order to benefit from the program. Users will have to “purchase a new PC that is pre-installed with an eligible Windows Vista Operating System (OS), during the program eligibility window” and “have a valid Certificate of Authenticity (COA) attached.”
There's still not official release date for the upcoming Windows 7 operating system, but according to recent rumors the Redmond, Washington-based software giant my be releasing the new OS by Christmas time.