Originally we were told this version would be available by September or early October, then mid-October, then January and then the first week of March. Here is what has happened: The upgrade was initially created and different problems with it were found by a Belgium and United States company having to do with the encryption and verification part of the software. However, a Danish firm was responsible for the encryption and verification programming. After a lot of international communication, the Oxford UK office has now stepped in and has given the resolution of the problems top priority. Based on the latest prediction, we should start shipping your upgrade by the 14th or the 15th of March. We have arranged with Oxford University Press to get the upgrade shipped directly from their production facility so we will get the upgrade to you just as soon as possible when it is released.
Because the 3.1 upgrade version of the OED has not been released yet, we are still offering the upgrade to version 3.1 at the prerelease price of only $40.00. (For those who purchased the upgrade at the $35.00 price we will still honor that price.) The list price on the upgrade is $79.95.
The upgrade will include almost 2,000 newer entries that have been added to the OED since 1997 and have been available only to on-line OED subscribers until now. Once this product is released, we will probably have to charge more as we are getting special prerelease pricing from Oxford. To purchase this as a prerelease item please do not include other items with your order and we will not actually charge your card untill we actually ship the Version 3.1 upgrade. You can of course make additional orders for other items that are available now.
To purchase the upgrade, go to http://www.elearnaid.com/oxendiupfrve.html.
If you are upgrading from version 3.0, you will get the following improvements:
More complex searches can be done with logical operators, case sensitive searching, exact character searching and with an extended range of wild card options and much more.
Automatic look-up feature enables fast access to the OED headwords from any Microsoft Office 97, 2000 or XP.
If you are upgrading from 2.0, you will get all the improvements that were in 3.0 plus 3.1 all for $40.00.
All of the details are at http://www.elearnaid.com/oxendiupfrve.html.