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Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate UPGRADE [DVD] [OLD VERSION]
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Product Description

  • Marketing Information:

    When you want to have it all, choose Windows Vista Ultimate. It"s the most complete edition of Windows Vista - with the power, security, and mobility features that you need for work, and all of the entertainment features that you want for fun.

  • Product Information
  • Software Sub Type: Client
  • Software Name: Windows Vista Ultimate - 32-bit - Upgrade
  • Features & Benefits:

    Rely on comprehensive safety features:

  • Take advantage of all Windows Vista safety features to help protect your computer, your information, and your family from accidents and malicious software
  • Always be ready to work:

  • Take advantage of comprehensive productivity features including Instant Search, Complete PC Backup and Restore, network support including domain join, and Windows SuperFetch
  • Enjoy complete entertainment:

  • Windows Vista Ultimate includes Windows Media Center so that you can enjoy your entire digital entertainment library on your PC or on your television
  • Take it all with you, more safely:

  • Windows Mobility Center, BitLocker Drive Encryption, and Tablet and Touch Technology are just some of the features that make staying productive on the road easier, and safer, than ever
  • Language Support: English

  • License Information
  • License Type: Product Upgrade
  • License Pricing: Standard
  • License Quantity: 1 User

  • The most comprehensive edition of Windows Vista, Vista Ultimate Upgrade (DVD-ROM) is the first operating system that combines all of the advanced infrastructure features of a business-focused operating system, all of the management and efficiency features of a mobility-focused operating system, and all of the digital entertainment features of a consumer-focused operating system. For the person who wants one operating system that is great for working from home, working on the road, and for entertainment, Windows Vista Ultimate is a no-compromise operating system that lets you have it all.

    Windows Sidebar gives you quick access to gadgets like picture slide shows, Windows Media Player controls, or news headlines. You pick the gadgets you want to see in Windows Sidebar. View larger.

    Use Flip 3D to navigate through open windows using the scroll wheel on your mouse. View larger.

    Compare Windows Vista editions.

    Use Instant Search to quickly find the information you need. View larger.

    Windows Vista Aero provides spectacular visual effects such as glass-like interface elements that you can see through.

    The redesigned Windows Media Center in Windows Vista lets you enjoy your media throughout your home, even on your Xbox 360. View larger.
    Update Eligibility
    You can upgrade from your current edition of Microsoft Windows XP or Windows 2000 (including Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Media Center, Windows XP Tablet PC, Windows XP Professional x64, Windows 2000) to a corresponding or better edition of Windows Vista by purchasing and installing this upgrade copy of Windows Vista. Depending on which edition of Windows you are running and the edition of Windows Vista you would like to install, you have two options for the installation process: You can upgrade in-place, which means you can install Windows Vista and retain your applications, files, and settings as they were in your previous edition of Windows or you can do a clean install. If you are currently using Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP Professional x64, you are eligible for an upgrade copy to a corresponding or better edition of Windows Vista, but a clean install is required. For versions of Windows earlier than Windows 2000, upgrade copies are not available. These earlier versions of Windows require you to install a full copy of Windows Vista.

    Easier, Faster Access to Information
    Windows Vista Ultimate features Windows Aero, a new interface that delivers higher levels of efficiency for any business user. This easy-to-use interface makes it a snap to navigate through the operating system and from application to application. Most importantly, Windows Aero helps you juggle multiple tasks at once by providing a three-dimensional, real-time, animated view of all your open applications and documents. And for those businesses that do work in other countries, Windows Vista Ultimate supports all worldwide interface languages.

    Breakthrough Windows Vista Experience
    Designed to help you feel confident in your ability to view, find, and organize information and to control your computing experience, all editions of Windows Vista introduce a breakthrough user experience. The visual sophistication of Windows Vista helps streamline your computing experience by refining common window elements so you can better focus on the content on the screen rather than on how to access it. The desktop experience is more informative, intuitive, and helpful. And new tools bring better clarity to the information on your computer, so you can see what your files contain without opening them, find applications and files instantly, navigate efficiently among open windows, and use wizards and dialog boxes more confidently.

    Work From Home
    Windows Vista Ultimate includes all of the features that make it easy to remotely connect to business networks. This means that when you're working from home, you'll have advanced networking capabilities, such as the ability to join a domain, support for Group Policy, and access to features such as Remote Desktop. Windows Vista Ultimate also includes Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption that provides improved levels of protection against theft for your important business data whether you are at home, on the road, or in the office.

    More Entertainment Options
    Windows Vista Ultimate delivers all of the entertainment features available in Windows Vista Home Premium, and includes everything you need to enjoy the latest in digital photography, music, movies, analog TV, or even HDTV. Windows Vista Ultimate also has helpful tools such as Windows Photo Gallery and Windows Movie Maker to ensure that you have everything you need to collect, manage, and edit your digital content. It also includes Windows Media Center for turning your PC into an all-in-one home entertainment center.

    Versatile Operation
    Windows Vista Ultimate truly lives up to its name by delivering all of the features both business and home users want and need. It is the ideal solution for both a small-business owner who wants a single PC that he or she can use at the office, on the road, and at home, and for someone who wants a home PC that will be used primarily for entertainment purposes but that can also be used for business purposes such as connecting to a corporate network.

    • Mobility-based operating system meets all your computing needs whether you're working from home, working on the road, or searching for entertainment options
    • Combines all the features of a business-focused operating system, all the efficiency features of a mobility-focused operating system, and all of the digital entertainment features of a consumer-focused operating system
    • Remotely connect to business networks; Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption provides improved levels of protection against theft for your important business data whether you are at home, on the road, or in the office
    • Delivers all of the entertainment features available in Windows Vista Home Premium; includes everything you need to enjoy the latest in digital photography, music, movies, analog TV, or even HDTV
    • Upgrade from your current edition of Microsoft Windows XP or Windows 2000 (including Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Media Center, Windows XP Tablet PC, Windows XP Professional x64, Windows 2000)

    Customer Reviews:

    • Window Vista Ultimate
    • I'd do it again.....maybe
      I'm running an intel core duo, with a 1.8 ghz processor, 160 gb hd and 1 gb of ram. I chose to upgrade despite advise to the contrary as i wanted to get ahead of the curve for once, and think that eventually almost everyone will buy this, so i might as well get it now.

      The upgrade was surprisingly painless. It took about 3 hours or so for the install, plus a little extra to uninstall some programs. The main trouble comes after the install. Basically almost nothing works. I can get no sound at all on itunes from my sony laptop, despite 2 1/2 hours on the vista helpline trying to sort it out, and about a dozen reboots. Other programs have sound, just not itunes or media player. The quickbooks im running can't connect to the internet, nor can adobe acrobat. Also microsoft office won't work at all now. After about an hour or so on the helpdesk i managed to get my wireless printer working again.

      As i understand it, its all about vista not having the right drivers packaged with it as yet. My advise then, its probably best to wait a couple of months until the next service pack comes out, but if you are really keen for the latest technology, as i was, then it can all be sorted out, provided you have a lot of time on your hands to sort it out. Id do it again, but then im seeing it more as a learning exercise. If i had deadlines to meet right now, i wouldn't.

      Overall vista doesn't seem vastly different from XP. It does seem friendlier, and better constructed. The continual warning messages are annoying. Also annoying is the fact that it continually searches for pirate software on your computer, and tries to register anything in sight without your permission. For me, the extra technology, and the fact that everything in sight, from ms office to quickbooks seems to be launching new 2007 vista editions means that i would rather upgrade now, and keep trying to get back ahead of the curve for once. On reflection, if you've got the money, just buy a new pc, its easier. If you haven't, then all in all, id do it again. Hope that helps....more info
    • Vista is NOT Slow and NOT Buggy - It's Just Reviewed By the Envious
      Microsoft has many enemies. That's what happens when you are #1 and many below you wish they could be at the top.

      Vista is a solid product. It was not as solid the day it was released, but what is? It's now only been a few months and the updates that apply the moment you install or upgrade to Vista provide you with a smooth experience.

      Is the interface different? Oh yea. Is it bad? Is it slow? No. It's fine. Vista runs only SLIGHTLY slower on an older PC with a Pentium III chip or older but why wouldn't you expect that? You can't get more features AND more power and expect a faster machine when your hardware is getting along in the years.

      In addition, if you simply don't understand the nature of Vista, then you haven't yet read Greg Perry's "Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Windows Vista All in One" (Amazon 978-0672328893) and frankly, this is hands-down the best way for a newcomer - even if you are or are not comfortable with XP - to master EVERYthing you REALLY need to know about Vista.

      Software is not always obvious. That does not mean it's bad or difficult to use or requires a huge learning curve. Once you get Vista, beg or borrow or buy "Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Windows Vista All in One" and you will be ready to become a MASTER at the product. I went through what YOU are going through and I know most Vista books and sites DO NOT give you what you need to make this product work well FOR YOU. This book does and I've read all the top-selling Vista books.

      Now I don't care if you get "Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Windows Vista All in One" or not, although you should, but you need to stop listening to the hype of those who have axes to grind with Microsoft. If you want to move FORWARD with your computer you need to have the juice needed which means a moderately recent PC and you need Vista.

      The number one reason for getting Ultimate and not a lower Vista product is the BitLocker encryption technology and the ability to make a ghosted image of your disk drive that Vista can restore. If you've used Symantec's DriveImage or Ghost products then you know these alone can run you more than $50. It's thrown in with Vista Ultimate and you'll REALLY use these tools a lot....more info
    • There is a cost for saving money......
      I've been using Vista in the RC1 version since Fall '06. I liked it & got to know it, so I went for a retail version before the RC1 expired. This O/S isn't perfect, but nothing from Microsoft seems to be fully finished when it comes out; I did notice some useful changes/improvements done since the RC1 version. As with any new O/S, some patience & willingness to work thru problems is needed.

      One can save a lot of $$$ by going to the Upgrade version over the Full Package, but there's a catch (or 2) wants to be run out of an existing O/S.....if you need to adjust disk partitions or do a clean install, here's the drill:
      bootup with install disk, DON'T enter key code or choose to activate
      you'll have access to the disk options
      after install, run disk from within Windows, install AGAIN but you can enter the key code & request activation
      Simple, but time-consuming.........more info
    • Vista
      Is not worth all the hype. All I have experienced is a least three crashes a day. I'll probably revert back to my all OS or try a non-windows OS....more info
    • Windows Vista Rocks!!
      The newest operating system from Microsoft really made a difference.
      Windows Vista took 5 years to make (centuries in technical years) but all of those days of waiting were worthwhile. The new Direct X 9.0 compatability, the new media applications - TiVO-like Media Center - the new security options, and simply the new look and productivity from the new OS is excellent. Faster, more robust and with much better applications and compatability, Windows Vista is a must-have upgrade from the old Windows XP. Program and games run a lot faster, my internet's safer, and my movie-making and photo organizing experience has turned from a difficult process to a quick and fun hobby....more info
    • Happy Customer
      Love it !!! alot easyer then xp and better graphics and software No problems to report computer is great to use with this software (dell insperon 531) very happy!!!!...more info
    • Expensive for what it offers, but isn't as bad as its reputation.
      My system's specs:

      AMD Athlon64 X2 4200+ CPU
      2GB (DDR400, CAS latency 2.5)
      300GB hard drive (three 40GB partitions for Windows and Linux OSes, 160GB for data)
      Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS sound
      2 DVD+RW/RL drives
      BFG Nvidia 8800GTS video with 640MB RAM (recently upgraded from a 7900GS w/256MB card)

      What I liked so far:

      * Improved disk management subsystem
      * More intuitive file copy interface (overwriting files w/duplicate of original, others...)
      * Looks and feels more professional; the Mr. Rogers "My computer" and fischer price tinker toy interface was gag-inducing.
      * Works with Kaspersky Internet Security
      * Unreal tournament 2004, Doom3, and others work fine
      * Most RAM reported in use is for file caching rather than being a hog on its own (I am looking to find ways to manually disable needless services)
      * Activation of Vista (and Office) surprisingly a breeze (I dual boot with XP and Linux; I expected Vista to wreak havoc with everything, and it didn't.)
      * The new resource monitor. Very fetching in its breakdown of system tasks.
      * I can play a movie and it would be my desktop wallpaper. If I cared.
      * Display animation is much smoother (as the Nvidia 7900GS chipset is given a high 5.8 rating, I suspect most video cards DX9 capable WILL work without hiccups.)
      * DirectX 10
      * The Sidebar.

      What I need to verify:

      * OS load times (Vista seems slightly faster)
      * Application load times (no apparent change)
      * Overall speed & fluidity (it seems the same)

      I don't care for - the regrets, perhaps:

      * Default settings: 600MB (of 2GB seen) is in use by the OS. A lot of it is due to file caching (appx 300MB worth)
      * Once activated, I cannot switch between 32- and 64-bit versions. (so I've been told)
      * The built-in defragmenter is way, way too slow - a real disappointment
      * all the animated glowing neon stuff. It looks slick, but why?
      * UAC seems redundant - a nice attempt to warn me if somebody tries to run a component behind my back, but once UAC is hacked, it becomes useless. It is superficially annoying, but being nagged for admin privs is no different in Linux and Max OS X.
      * Activation. If I did swap the mobo or HD down the road; I may have re-activation problems. I know piracy is a problem, but the real pirates are not in America.
      * The upgrade forcing me to have a qualifying OS already installed. Fortunately I have a legal copy of Win2000; so I sacrificed it. :(
      * Sidebar 'gadgets' aren't many in number, but the number grows with each passing day. So expect some fluff to be found along with the gems.

      Now, I want more control as to what gets cached. Vista actively caches more system and file data (as do Linux, Mac OS X,, et al), but for all the improvements I wish the Resource manager showed cached data in a different color when compared to program data - like how the other OSes show it.

      Most video cards won't have problems with the Aero glass interface. Indeed, for my gripes on the needless glossy animation, I do have to say the UI itself is well organized, doesn't look like a rejected fischer price toy design anymore, and the patronizing "My computer" icons have been renamed to something professional at least. THANK YOU! Indeed, having used Mac OS X, Linux, WinXP, and Vista, I see no justification to the claims Microsoft stole from Apple. (any screenshots on the internet would prove how different both OSes look and feel, and given how OS X = (a free OS download), it's safer to say everybody borrows from everybody else, always did, always will do. There are better arguments.)

      What bugs me most is the price - given how many features, including the much vaunted WinFS, were dropped, the MSRP prices are a tad high. I got Vista for clearance price from CompUSA shutting down. It was worth THAT price ($155).

      Overall, I think it is a good upgrade, if not a tad high priced. I think service pack 1 will resolve most peoples' problems; I have nothing major to discredit Vista with. But in all fairness, I think some people are giving Vista bad reviews solely because it's Microsoft.
      ...more info
      Do not -- under any circumstances -- buy Vista. I read all the reviews describing hellish upgrade experiences, and foolishly thought I was tech-savvy enough to avoid them. Two weeks later and I'm still fixing the seemingly endless list of compatability problems caused by this "upgrade". The on-line "tool" provided by Microsoft that supposedly tells you about potential conflicts merely skims the surface. It's only after the upgrade has been completed -- if you're lucky -- that you'll discover most versions of Flash Player aren't compatible with Vista, making web pages flicker and freeze. The literature for Norton Systemworks 2007 claims it's compatible, but it's not. Check the Norton web site and you're told to buy a different product. And so on.

      The worst bit is that other than sleeker graphics, Vista offers little to make all this hassle worthwhile. It's no faster and no more stable than XP (though that may change if I ever manage to fix all the problems it causes). Its main advantage is supposedly more robust security, but from what I can see the only thing being protected is Microsoft. Just wait until an automatic update to non-Microsoft software makes the "Genuine Advantage" (pardon my laughter) function think your copy of Vista is illegal. You'll be completely blocked from using your computer, making it impossible to go on the net to figure out what to do next or send Microsoft a nasty e-mail.

      Apple couldn't have created a better advertisement for the Mac....more info
    • A Very Disappointing and Defective Windows Upgrade
      I've been using Windows Vista Ultimate for several months now, and I must say that I am extremely disappointed. I'm normally a big early adopter of technology, but Vista is just not ready for primetime, folks. Yes, it's basically Windows XP warmed over with a somewhat prettier interface (that is a me-too rip off of the Mac OS).

      Beyond that, though, it actually has several bugs that make one wonder how this thing was ever shipped as production ready. Some of the bugs that I have noticed so far (and confirmed to be problems others are having):

      * After going to sleep and waking up again, my computer loses its Internet connection (both wired and wireless). I have to manually run an "ipconfig /renew" command or otherwise refresh the adapters to be up again.

      * Basic file copy and deletion operations take forever as the fancy, new file operation dialog says it's "calculating." This is almost unforgivable for an operating system to flub up such basic tasks.

      * Vista haphazardly classifies certain folders as various multimedia views (pictures, music, etc.)--even when they are just regular files. Gee, I always wanted to know what the "album" and "rating" of a DLL or EXE file is. Despite attempts to correct the situation, Vista eventually loses the settings and reverts back to its signature craziness.

      * The new security pop ups (UAC) often come up more than once for the same basic task, even something as simple as renaming a file. They are totally intrusive.

      * Interface elements, such as networking, that were simple in Windows XP have been obfuscated with dumbed down and nonsensical interfaces that make it difficult to accomplish certain tasks.

      * After installing and running many programs, I have received a dialog of Vista asking me if things "ran properly." As if I knew. I think things ran properly, but the fact that the dialog box comes up makes me question it. So which is it?

      * File lists in folders now re-sort on the fly. Rename a file, and it will disappear right afterward if the file list is large enough.

      And the list goes on and on. With the development time that went into this product, I'm quite disappointed. At this point, I sort of wish I switched to the Mac OS instead of buying a new laptop with Vista on it. If you get Vista, wait until the first service pack comes out....more info
    • Windows Vista Ultimate
      I originally loved Vista. I had no problems upgrading, which I have heard is a nightmare for most users... and everything ran quicker (and looks much better) than on XP... however, after 1-2 months of using Vista my computer is once again slowing and will often freeze for no reason. The firewall features are difficult to work with and the fact that not all driver updates are compatible with Vista is frustrating....more info
    • windows vista ultimate update
      ordered via regular shipping (cheaper), needed it in 7 days and received in 2 days!

      Good product, very impressed with service...more info
    • Vista is awesome
      I don't know what other people are complaining about. I just installed Vista Ultimate a few days ago and I absolutely love it. No interface lag or any other lag at all. Maybe the people complaining have weak or outdated hardware. Those people need to turn down their settings if their not going to keep their computers on the cutting edge or at least near it. I'm glad Microsoft isn't waiting for people to catch up and are on the cutting edge. I'd rather be the one catching up than the other way around.

      I have a Core 2 Duo e6300 overclocked to 2.5Ghz, 2 gigs of ram, a Geforce 7600gt and a Western Digital Raptor 150g HD and Vista Ultimate works flawlessly on my computer. It's not the best computer but it runs flawlessly, I built it myself and all the parts cost me about $850 off the net. I play World of Warcraft among some other games and I haven't seen any problems yet with any games or any of the major software I use as of yet. I've only encountered one problem and that was with my old Soundblaster Live! 5.1 sound card which has discontinued support. No big deal, it was about time to get a better one anyway. Vista is awesome, I love everything about it. It's very futuristic and it is not a simple interface makeover at all like some clueless dummies proclaim.

      By the way, I only paid $110 for Vista Ultimate Upgrade off eBay, check there first if you already have an existing OS and want to save some dough....more info
    • Problematic
      got Vista Ultimate on a brand-new HP media PC, main purpose is to use as tv dvr and surfing.

      Ran into a few things that wouldnt work, like my USB scanner install failed, Nero7 not compatible, and cannot for the life of me get Youtube to work. It seems the flash install is somehow blocked by Vista's security.

      The change to windows file explorer is pretty radical and it is very hard now to find stuff on the drives. If you are used to using windows explorer as the main way to start apps by clicking on their names, you might be confused for a few days as to how to get to them.

      And now my Vista taskbar keeps flashing once a second onscreen in a very annoying way.

      Otherwise the TV DVR setup went fine and I enjoy the aesthetics. The photo viewer is a very nice addition....more info
    • Don't even think about it.
      Since micro soft support is an absolute joke, I'm left with only the option of telling the truth to the world. Hopefully you will tell everyone you know, as well. Micro soft (junk) vista is nasty. It is Very slow, it is very unstable, takes forever to boot up, takes for ever to load programs, and should be considered a Down-grade not an up-grade. DON"T WASTE YOUR MONEY. I had to install it 4 different times to get it to work. And my machine is pretty new with 4 gigs of ram, and dual Athlon CPUs. So don't waste your time or money. I'd give it zero stars if I could. And I am seriously considering taking microjunk to Small Claims Court....more info
    • Vista delivers mightily if you have the hardware, patience, and do your research
      I was highly skeptical about moving to Vista at all, having read the negative publicity, reviews, and always wary of hardware resources. However, always needing the productivity edge in my business, I decided to take the plunge. There were certain things that attracted me to the platform, such as better window handling and task management, prefetch, tight Cardspace integration, centralized device synchronization, improved security, etc. Granted, there are all the add-ons in the market place that one could add to accomplish the same things, but I run a business and need to focus more on that, rather than systems administration tasks.

      My words of advice for *anyone* considering an upgrade from XP to Vista:
      1)Run Microsoft's compatibility checker. It is your friend, and is overall pretty accurate.

      2)*IF YOU RUN ANY, AND I MEAN ANY, VERSION OF ACTIVESYNC, ****BE ABSOLUTELY SURE TO REMOVE IT COMPLETELY FROM YOUR WINDOWS XP INSTALLATION BEFORE UPGRADING*** * You will be very sorry if you do not. (I speak from hours of painful experience, and extensive Googling)

      3)Be sure you have the hardware to handle it. Vista is not for everyone, nor is it for every machine -- by any means. I run an HP DV9000 with 2GB and Intel 1.66 DUO. In this configuration, it runs great and is highly productive, even fully loaded with VMWare, all Office 2007 applications running, etc.

      4)Be sure you have the time. I suggest starting the upgrade about 2 hours before dinner. After dinner and before bed, answer the final questions and let it churn during the night. In the morning, come back, answer the final few questions, and let the final installation tasks complete. Your mileage will vary, but my upgrade took a good 5+ hours. (Not sure of exact time during the night, but before bed it had churned well over 3 hours.) Following this model will allow you to still do your primary work during the day, and come back to an all or at least mostly configured system the following day. The upgrade time requirement was probably my biggest surprise, having gotten used to sub-30 minute installations of XP, Linux, and Server 2003.

      5)Understand that like any computing platform, a Vista upgrade is a commitment to new technologies, and new ways of doing things. New drivers, in some cases new hardware, in other cases, new (or upgraded) software programs. To those people that have expressed disdain for incompatibilities, I can only say that you have not been in the computing world long enough. Many reviews I have read here and in other venues could have been written verbatim when Windows NT 3.1, Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows XP, OS/2, Linux, etc. were released. New platforms bring change to systems, hardware, and most importantly business and personal process. If you are not expressly ready for these components of change, then stay with what you have and are comfortable with.

      Aftermath of upgrade: Having completed the upgrade, along with full installations of Office 2007, Visio 2007, Expression Web, etc. (a complete update for me), I can honestly say that everything worked great. The compatibility checker had warned me about everything, except the Active Sync issue mentioned above. Though I have the new 'Windows Mobile Device Center' up and running with my iPAQ, (Mobile Device Center is fantastic once configured) it took quite a bit of doing. I repeat: completely remove your previous versions of Active Sync **before upgrading.**

      The system is snappy and smooth. I love the improved graphics, window speed, and using Cleartype within command-line sessions. The new task manager has all but eliminated my need for a desktop switcher and manager, which I will likely be uninstalling by next week. All-in-all, a highly positive experience. I would go as far as to say, that it was the cleanest overall upgrade between any two Windows versions that I have so far experienced. Perhaps that is why it took so long -- the software wanted to be sure -- really sure -- that the upgrade itself was successful, and that no data was lost or damaged.

      Best wishes and a safe Vista upgrade!
      ...more info
    • A necessary Evil
      The service I got from Amazon was great. I have an iMac, and the only reason I ordered Vista, is because there are still a few vendors out there that don't make their product for Mac, so Windows is a necessary Evil. I put Windows on my Mac hard drive just to run those few programs. Once the vendors make their product for Mac, then bye bye Windows....more info