Microsoft to offer Windows Vista ‘Family Pack’ discount for Ultimate users, Microsoft listens to communities

Posted by bink on January 16 2007, 4:52 AM. Posted in Windows Vista.

OK, this "Family Pack" is a direct result of feedback we (the featured communities) gave during the Longhorn/Vista Labs over the past two years. It is proof that Microsoft listens to the community.Others are the Ultimate SKU of Windows Vista, refresh design of all icons and my personal one: the "create new folder" button in Explorer which later became first menu item under "organise" menu. I'm sure some of these results were also influenced by other feedback channels, but hey it's cool to see this stuff got in Vista! [:D] and this is one of the reasons why some featured communities got awarded.So here's Mary Jo's article on the Family pack:

Even though the retail launch of Windows Vista just a couple of weeks away, Microsoft is still continuing to fine-tune its licensing and pricing details.

Sources said that Microsoft will announce some time over the next few days that the company will allow Vista Ultimate customers to purchase two additional copies of Vista Home Premium for somewhere between $50 to $99 a piece.

In order to qualify for the so-called "Family Pack" promotion, customers will first need to purchase at retail a copy of Vista Ultimate, which carries an estimated retail price of $399 U.S. The deal will not be offered to those who purchase Ultimate preloaded on a new PC, sources said; it will be for customers buying and/or upgrading via retail channels only.

Sources close to Microsoft were sketchy about some of the particulars. The exact price of the additional copies isn't clear: Some believe it will be $49.95 per copy; others, $99.95. Vista Home Premium's current estimated retail price is $239 per copy.

Microsoft is making multiple versions of Vista available on a single DVD, as part of its Windows Anytime Upgrade marketing plan. As a result, users who want to take advantage of the new promotion will be able to "unlock" the additional licenses from their DVD using a software key after paying for the additional copies by credit card, sources said.

Bink: Oh, as allways this is US only at first[:S] but they do this to test the infrastructure, EU and other countries will probably follow a couple of months later.Continue At Source