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Details are sketchy as of this point, but strategically, it is designed to mitigate the number of users who are putting off buying a new computer, because they would rather go directly to Windows 7 from XP, rather than deal with Vista.
The brief article also mentions that although it is only a rumor, "TechArp does claim to have seen a copy of a letter Microsoft sent out to its OEM partners."
Apparently, there are fears about the smashing of two gold atoms together, fears about it creating strange particles that will engulf the entire earth, or creating a black hole that will suck the entire earth into itself in a few minutes. I knew money was powerful, but I didn't know gold was that influential.
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