I am almost certain they won’t but Microsoft should seriously consider how they will make Windows 7 available to the public when it is released next year. Ever since Vista came out there has been no end to the complaining that there were not enough extras available for Vista Ultimate. They say it was not worth the cost and I agree.
So here is what Microsoft should do. Eliminate all versions of Windows 7 but one. No ultimate edition, or basic edition, or primary basic edition, or grandma’s pro edition. Just one. Very simple. Windows 7.
Then, considering that almost all of the units sold come from new computers, give a free upgrade to Windows 7 to all who purchased Vista Ultimate sort of as a final Vista Ultimate extra.
Finally, sell the Windows 7 upgrade for $99 and the full package for $189 at retail shops.
This is so obvious that a child could figure it out. Which is why I have no hope that Microsoft will see it.