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Go ahead, buy that PC

In OS on 26 October, 2006 at 3:00 pm

To help you in making that decision on whether to buy a new PC this holiday season or to wait until Windows Vista is launched, Microsoft announced the Express Upgrade program.  This program allows any Windows Vista Capable PC bought between 26 October 2006 and 15 March 2007 to be upgraded to Windows Vista or even Office 2007 if that PC comes pre-installed with Office 2003.  This program is provided by Microsoft for a nominal fee.

The catch is that, it is still unknown what this “nominal fee” will cost you and which edition of Windows Vista this program will get you.  Thus it is still best to wait for PC manufacturers to announce their own program which will definitely be some form of free upgrade.  But with this push from Microsoft, you can be sure that a free upgrade is definitely on the way.

Updated: In US, Gateway and Dell have announced that customers who buy systems from now till March 2007 will get free upgrade to Windows Vista when the OS is shipped.  Dell on the other hand is going to charge customers US$45 for a Windows XP Home to Windows Vista Home Basic upgrade and shipping/handling cost for a Windows XP Pro to Windows Vista Home Premium upgrade.

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Battle of the Giants: Intel Core 2 Duo Vs AMD Athlon64 FX-62

In Electronic on 7 July, 2006 at 3:00 pm

This month will see the arrival of Intel’s latest weapon against AMD, the Core 2 Duo processor.  The battle will thus heat up and a price war will also be looming on the horizon.  This can only be good news for consumer like me.  Currently AMD is holding the crown for the fastest processor that can be use for Windows and thus the price for such a processor is also very expensive.  Its used to be that Intel is the more expensive party, but now the situation has been turn around.  When the new Core 2 Duo is out, I believe the situation will change again.  Tom’s Hardware has come out with a preview of the performance of the Core 2 Duo (codename Conroe) and it seems that the slower Core 2 Duo at 2.6 GHz can even beat the fastest FX-62 at 3.0GHz.  Yes, price war!  Let us, consumers, reap some benefit.

I can still remember the days when an Intel spoke person said that they are not afraid of AMD, this is prior to AMD launching its ever so successful Athlon.