It appears that Microsoft is following Sprint's footsteps and sending free laptops to select tech bloggers with the new Vista operating system pre-loaded. According to several bloggers, Microsoft's PR firm sent out notices that they would be receiving an Acer Ferrari 1000 laptop with Vista Ultimate (the high-end version of the software).
Apparently there are no strings attached to favorably review Vista and the blogger is not required to return the laptop.
[Note: Earlier this year I was part of a Sprint program and was given free use of a cell phone for six months.]
Hey, if anyone from Microsoft's PR firm is reading this, I can be "bought" too!