Buyers of the latest Windows Operating system from software giant Microsoft will not be able to upgrade to Windows 7 from Windows Vista. Instead these customers will have to format their current running Windows Vista operating system and have a fresh installation of Windows 7, which will be released on October 22nd, 2009.
The reason behind this unfortunate decision by Microsoft is to avoid any unwanted censure by the EU and thus removing Internet Explorer 8 from its bundle in the future. This is because IE8 is so deeply integrated in the Vista O/s, an upgrade would not enable the removal of IE 8. This in turn would bring forth further wrath of the EU on Microsoft.
Windows has already tried to please its existing customers by providing a 50 percent discount for customer wanting to upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7. But this seems irrelevant to EU customers who will have to pay full price, since the discounts are only for upgrades, and not clean installs. So we have to wait and watch whether Microsoft comes with a plan to keep its share of Operating system users in the EU market where other Operating systems are stealing its market share by the hour.