Sony Drops Fee Not to Install Software
Last week, Sony announced that they were going to charge an additional $49.99 fee which would essentially buy you a computer that didn't have all the uneeded "bloatware" they typically install on it when it shipped. This fee was to be part of a new Sony initiative called "Fresh Start".
Reactions to the Sony news about their intended additional charge was less than kind, and received a backlash of negative commentary in the blogosphere. The amount of negative press was so large that within the very same business day, Sony announced they were removing the proposed $49.99 additional charge.
The Sony "Fresh Start" program will begin this spring, and through it you will be able to order a custom-configured Sony VAIO computer with no charge to opt-out of any trialware application you like.