Reports over at CNet suggest Microsoft is planning some sort of promotion to allow those who buy PCs this year to move easily and affordably to Vista when it ships next year.  The end-of-year sales season is very important to the computer industry, yet Vista will not ship in time to be pre-installed on these machines, however, that doesn't mean computer makers won't be trying to sell the new operating system this holiday season.

Windows unit head Kevin Johnson told CNet in May that the company was looking into offering some sort of technology guarantee for holiday PC buyers.  The article goes on to say that "some analysts expect Microsoft to offer coupons for free, or nearly free, updates to Vista. However, the upgrade may only be to the basic version. That would mean customers will have to pay more for the Home Premium version of Vista, which includes the new Aero graphical interface, Media Center software and other features".