Microsoft has finally revealed information about the pricing and upgrade options for their upcoming operating system Windows 7.
Many websites have already reported about the prices and how they compare to Windows Vista. In short, most editions of Windows 7 will be cheaper than comparable Windows Vista editions.
Most notably are the Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Ultimate editions which will sell for $40 and $80 less than their Windows Vista counterparts. Those are retail prices by the way, other prices, OEM for instance, vary.
The Windows 7 upgrade editions will save the user the same amount of money. Here is a table that is outlining the prices of Windows 7 and Windows Vista editions:
The price for the Windows 7 editions with a full basic feature set range from $200 for Windows 7 Home Premium to $320 for Windows 7 Ultimate.
More exciting than this is a pre-order program for Windows 7 that is offering Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional at greatly reduced prices. Users who have the intention to buy Windows 7 should make use of the pre-order program as it will make Windows 7 Home Premium available for $50 and Windows 7 Professional for $100 which means that buyers save $150 when pre-ordering Windows 7 Home Premium and $200 for Windows 7 Professional.
The price is similar in all Windows 7 launch countries. Take a look at the table below for all information about pre-order prices:
Opportunities to pre-order Windows 7 will start on June 26 for users from the United States, Canada and Japan while users from the UK, France and Germany will have to wait until July 15. The pre-order period lasts until July 11 for US and Canadian users, July 5 for Japanese users and August 14 for users from the UK, Germany and France. Pre-orders will be available in the official Microsoft store but also at selected retailers such as Amazon.
Microsoft has also revealed another interesting aspect of the launch of Windows 7 in Europe. You may have heard that Microsoft is going to offer Windows 7 without Internet Explorer in Europe. Windows 7 E will be sold exclusively in Europe and one of the side-effects is that Europeans will not be able to upgrade to Windows 7. That's right, no Windows 7 upgrades will be sold in Europe. But that's good news apparently as Microsoft has made the decision to sell Windows 7 full versions with the upgrade price tag in Europe.
The best time to get a legit version of Windows 7 begins tomorrow (or on July 15 if you are from Europe). Big question, will you pre-order the operating system or buy Windows 7 later? I personally think that the price is really attractive considering that you get the Home Premium edition for $50.
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