Feeds

Vista vouchers, a Reg round-up

We make the calls so you don't have to

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Any Reg reader considering their Christmas purchases and worried about what operating system they'll be cursed with can relax. We've rung round some of the major vendors and retailers.

First up for vacuous marketing puff is Dell who gave us this statement: "Dell is very excited about Windows Vista. The new operating system is expected to deliver revolutionary changes in how customers use personal computers for entertainment and productivity. Dell will participate in Microsoft's Express Upgrade to Microsoft Vista programme and with Dell's Express Upgrade programme consumer and small business customers will easily be able to redeem their upgrade to Vista on select desktops and notebooks purchased between Oct 26 and March 15 2007. Dell-specific tools shipped with the upgrade will help customers easily install Vista when it becomes available."

Rather more informative was HP. We spoke to Rob Crampton, consumer desktop manager for HP, who told us: "We've not seen much evidence of demand lagging, but it's good to avert people's concerns. Christmas is still the biggest spike for consumer demand and laptop prices now mean they are a Christmas present. From today there are two upgrade paths. From XP home to Vista basic will cost a royalty payment and shipping costs. For people buying media centres it will be a royalty-free upgrade."

Crampton said HP was confident that support would be able to deal with any hassles people have with upgrading their machines.

PC World is offering upgrades for anyone buying a computer costing more than £399. From yesterday until 15 March 2007 any machine costing more than £399 will get a free upgrade to Vista Basic Home Edition. Machines below this price will get upgrades for half the recommended retail price.

Lenovo had the following to say: "Lenovo is committed to supporting the launch of Windows Vista and all our notebooks and PCs will be 100 per cent compatible with this new operating system. Lenovo's Express Upgrade to Vista programme, ensures all customers purchasing a Lenovo Vista capable or Vista Premium ready notebook or PC have the ability to upgrade to the new operating system once it is released Lenovo realises that customers do not want to wait until 2007 to purchase a new PC when the new operating systems is launched. Because many Lenovo PCs are Vista capable or Vista Premium ready, they are able to purchase a Lenovo PC with confidence that their PC can run Windows Vista, thereby protecting their investment. Further information about the Lenovo and Microsoft alliance can be found here". ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather
Founder (and internet passport fan) now says privacy is precious
TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit
Chocolate Factory hits back at firm for suing customers
Facebook, Google and Instagram 'worse than drugs' says Miley Cyrus
Italian boffins agree with popette's theory that haters are the real wrecking balls
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
Sit tight, fanbois. Apple's '$400' wearable release slips into early 2015
Sources: time to put in plenty of clock-watching for' iWatch
Facebook to let stalkers unearth buried posts with mobe search
Prepare to HAUNT your pal's back catalogue
Ex-IBM CEO John Akers dies at 79
An era disrupted by the advent of the PC
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.