bill - 5:35 am on Jan 5, 2010 (gmt 0)
This discount doesn't appear to be targeted at most participating in this thread. It's specifically for companies with existing OEM, Retail, or Volume licenses. This is a way for MS to encourage upgrades from organizations, not the individual consumer. In an economic climate like this, where a lot of small to mid size companies might have held off on upgrades this could be a very attractive offer.