You may remember the other stories that circulated the internet before: get a free usb stick, get a free microsoft visual studio 2005. This time it is a free Microsoft Windows Vista and Microsoft Office if you do the same as last time. Register at the Power Together website, listen to three webcasts and bam, you may get Vista and Office shipped right to your doorstep.
This is only valid for us citizens unfortunately, everyone else will not gain the benefit and I would like to add that it is very likely that this is a limited offer. Maybe only some hundreds or even less visitors get the software for free. I really don't know how much they will send out but I guess it is better to be fast than to be slow on this one.
My suggestion would be to give it a try, register using a email you never use normally and see if they ship the software out or not. This has been verified by an Microsoft employee to be legit. I first stumbled upon this story at jkontherun, pay him a visit if you like.
Update: The promotion has ended and there is currently no other promotion running like it. Windows Vista has seen its best days, with Microsoft releasing Windows 7 in October 2009. The new operating system has shifted public perception away from Vista which many saw as one of Microsoft's weaker products in the OS category.
Update 2: Windows 8 will soon be available as well and some products, like Microsoft Office 2013, have been announced that won't support the operating system anymore. Vista users should consider upgrading their operating system to Windows 7 or Windows 8, whichever they prefer to work with. The core difference is that Windows 7 is still a traditional Microsoft operating system while Windows 8 will introduce a new concept and a Metro start page that has not only received praise so far.
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