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Microsoft deal discounts Windows 7 upgrades by 58%

Microsoft today launched a promotion that discounts Windows 7 upgrades as much as 58% when customers also buy a new Windows 7 PC. The deal, which was available Thursday from the likes of Amazon.com and Staples, applies when consumers purchase a new computer equipped with Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate.

Staples, for instance, will sell a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade for $49.99, a 58% savings compared to the $119.99 list price, when buyers also purchase a new Windows 7 PC. Amazon, on the other hand, dropped the price of Home Premium Upgrade to $59.95, a savings of $60, or 50%. Under the promotion, Amazon also cut the price of Professional Upgrade to $115.99, an $85 savings (42% off) and Ultimate Upgrade to $139.99, an $80 savings (36% off) when customers ordered a new Windows 7 notebook or desktop at the same time.

Windows 7 to fulfill 'unsated demand' for next OS

SINGAPORE--Businesses will be compelled to upgrade to Windows 7 because of the void left in the Windows operating system market by predecessor Vista, according to a Microsoft executive.

Andrew Pickup, Microsoft's Asia-Pacific general manager of marketing and business operations, admitted in an interview with ZDNet Asia Thursday that the lack of Vista deployments, coupled with the end of mainstream XP support in April this year, has left the market with "unsated demand" for the next version of Windows.

ATI Catalyst™ 9.10 Display Driver Released

All hail the new ATI Catalyst™ 9.10 Display Driver. Enjoy ;)

Resolved Issues for All Windows Operating Systems:

Software Suite for Windows. These include:
- The video preview in Avivo™ Video - Basic Quality page in Catalyst Control Center no longer flickers while playing SD/HD Blu-ray titles
- Underscan/Overscan settings for TV can now be applied from the Catalyst Control Center - TV Properties Adjustments page
- The display mode page will now refresh properly when selecting another display from drop down menu in Catalyst Control Center with two displays connected in extended mode

Steve Ballmer unveils Windows 7

Steve Ballmer unveils Windows 7 live from New York City on Oct. 22, 8 a.m. PDT/11:00 a.m. EDT

LABS GALLERY: What Does Windows 7 Have That Linux Doesn't?

How well do popular Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Fedora and OpenSUSE stack up against Microsoft's new desktop flagship, Windows 7? eWEEK Labs identified 10 features new in Windows 7 and put them head-to-head with popular Linux distros to see how the platforms compete. Labs Analysts Jason Brooks and Andrew Garcia found that Version 7 makes big strides on the Windows front with its new features, but that Linux is competitive by most counts...

Microsoft sets Windows 7 launch for Oct. 22

Microsoft will put Windows 7 on store shelves and computer makers will have systems ready to sell with Vista's successor on Oct. 22, the company confirmed today.

Microsoft will also offer discounted or free upgrades to Windows 7 to users who buy PCs in the months leading up to the operating system's launch in a program dubbed "Windows Upgrade Option," a company spokeswoman said Tuesday. Although the name is new, the program had been reported as early as January, when a usually-reliable Web site leaked information about the deal, including its July 1 kick-off.

Windows 7 delivered early to UK customers

Some lucky Brits received their pre-ordered copy of Windows 7 earlier today -- several days before it goes on sale -- proving that there is at least one good thing to result from postal strikes.

One excited CNET UK reader -- Tom Brown, from Hertfordshire -- dropped us a line earlier this evening to express his delight that he had come home to a package from PC World. It was his copy of Windows 7 Home Premium, which he pre-ordered a couple of months ago.

D-Link DGL-4500 Firmware 1.21 Build 03 Beta

The following beta firmware is provided on a trial basis only and without any kind of warranty. It is heavily advised not to use this beta firmware for any critical purpose. By downloading the beta firmware file, you expressly agree that the use of the firmware is at your own risk and discretion. It is not supported through the normal support channels. All questions, comments and issues should be directed to this board.

- This code can be used with all hardware revisions of the DGL-4500 - This code addresses the WAN slowdown and lockups

Microsoft: Sidekick data recovery takes time

Microsoft on Monday apologized for the length of time it is taking to restore missing data to T-Mobile Sidekicks. The company said it expects to begin restoring data this week, but added that bringing back all data will take longer than that.

In a note on its Web site, Microsoft said that the reason for the delay is that the company wants to make sure that it doesn't risk messing up data as it restores information to users' phones.

Mozilla Unblocks Microsoft's Firefox Plugin

Microsoft has updated the advisory for MS09-054, a cumulative security update for Internet Explorer, to describe its impact on Firefox users. The first version failed to mention any impact, leading to what may have been an overreaction on Mozilla's part.

An entry on Microsoft's Security Research & Defense blog goes into the matter further. The bottom line: Firefox users should apply MS09-054, even though it's labeled as an update for IE.

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