Details, like cost, are still to come. I have been actively testing Windows 7 for sometime now, and it still has a few hick-ups, but is a huge improvement over Vista.
But now — The Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program has been officially confirmed by Microsoft, although the only certain aspect of the initiative is the label, at this point in time. The incentive program that the Redmond-based company will run together with OEM partners was previously referred to as the Windows 7 Technical Guarantee Program.
The software giant started sharing details with its partners as early as November/December 2008, but it was only when Microsoft announced that Windows 7 would RTM in mid-July and would be available on October 22, 2009 that the software giant also referenced the Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program.
While I normally use Ubuntu(9.04 Jaunty Jackolope is my current favorite), there are some peripherals that companies like Canon, refuse to support. And I like Canon laser printers and cameras … sigh. Then there are some software companies, like Intuit with their Quicken products, that refuse to support Linux. The monopoly does have it’s supporters.