Microsoft Reveals Windows 7 Pricing – Offers Huge Pre-Order Discount

June 25, 2009

(ChattahBox) — For those of you like me that avoided  Windows Vista like me, you will soon be able to buy a computer or upgrade your OS with Windows 7 arrives in stores on Oct. 22. But to get out of the gate quickly Microsoft has launched a sale that starts Friday in the United States, Canada, and Japan, under which consumers can pre-order Windows 7 for the next two weeks at discounts of more than 50%. The offer is available online at Best Buy, Amazon.com and the online Microsoft Store. In the United States, you’ll be able to buy a Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade for $50 or get Windows 7 Professional for $100. Outside the U.S., Microsoft says, “the special low pre-order price will vary by country.” But the same program will be offered in the UK, France, and Germany between July 15th and Aug. 14th.

Also in perhaps a nod to these more difficult economic times and increased competition, the price of licensing Window 7, is about 10% less than what Microsoft charged for the corresponding versions of Windows Vista when that product shipped in January of 2007.

The full version of Windows 7 Home Premium is priced at $199, with an upgrade from Vista or XP costing $119. The full version of Windows 7 Professional is $299, with upgrades going for $199. Windows 7 Ultimate is priced at $319, with the upgrade version at $219.

Many potential PC buyers would likely wait until systems ship with the new OS, so Hewlett-Packard is probably just the first to now offer customers who buy an HP desktop or laptop, an upgrade to Windows 7 at no charge, once the operating system becomes available in the fall.

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