In a new offering to Australian students, Microsoft are offering a Dell XPS 14 with Windows 7 and Office Home and Student 2010 for A$1099. Along with saving around $500 off the normal cost, one key difference with this offer is the introduction of Microsoft Signature. This is the first system available in Australia to include this. If your not familiar with Microsoft Signature, essentially it means you get a machine with NO bloatware !
We’re all used to the anti-virus trial, countless toolbars and completely unesessary software that ends up negatively impacting performance. Microsoft Signature guarentees you get a clean system that is just the way it should be. Included as part of Microsoft Signature is their Security Essentials software which is available for free, but having it pre-installed, means users are pretected from day 1 by something that will always be up-to-date and free.
I would have liked to see Windows Live Essentials also be pre-installed as it ads significant functionality to Windows. Particularly when marketing to Students, Messenger, Photo gallery, Movie Maker are all great apps.
The deal is available from Microsoft Store Australia.