Earlier this week, Microsoft released a statement saying that there will be an upgrade option, for Windows XP users wanting to buy Windows 7. However, it’s not an upgrade as we all understand in the usual sense.
Windows 7 upgrade from XP is NOT really an upgrade
According to a post on The Register, a Microsoft spokesman has said:
“I can confirm that customers will be able to purchase upgrade media and an upgrade license to move from Windows XP to Windows 7 – however, they will need to do a clean installation of Windows 7. This requires the user to back up their data, install Windows 7, re-install the programs and restore their data.”
Obviously, this is a clean install and not an upgrade!
Windows Vista users will be able to upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 in the usual way; as the OS is pretty-much the same. This, of course, is prompting many people (including me) to ask whether Windows 7 is REALLY just a big service pack to make Vista the OS we were promised when it launched.
This must have prompted Microsoft to release a statement saying Windows XP users can as well upgrade to Windows 7 (probably by paying some “upgrade price”), but this dirty PR trick will surely not get missed by the people.
Bill Gates might have retired and now talking big on How he wants to change the world now, but I am sure he or anyone else can change the dirty marketing and PR strategy of Microsoft.