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Microsoft Announces Windows 7 Pricing. Is It Too Expensive?

windows7ultimateThis is the day for which we’ve been waiting. Microsoft has finally lifted the curtain on the price schemes for Windows 7, both for those upgrading from Vista and those that look to purchase the full, standalone OS. The Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program begins tomorrow, June 26th. Anyone who  buys a new PC  between June 26, 2009 and January 31st, 2010 from a participating OEM or retailer will receive an upgrade to the corresponding version of Windows “at little or no cost to customers” according to the Windows Team Blog. For all others looking to upgrade from  Vista, the prices breakdown like this:

  • Windows 7 Home Premium (upgrade): $119
  • Windows 7 Professional (upgrade): $199
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (upgrade): $219

The full retail versions of Windows 7 are priced as follows:

  • Windows 7 Home Premium (full): $199
  • Windows 7 Professional (full): $299
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (full): $319

Microsoft boasts that Windows 7 Home Premium is $40 less than Vista Home Premium, which is great in this economy, but after Apple’s announcement that it will allow Mac OS X Leopard users to upgrade to the Snow Leopard this fall for just $29, Redmond’s price tag appears quite inflated. Apple will also offer a Mac Box Set,  which will enable users with Intel-based Macs running OS X Tiger to get in on the Snow Leopard action (as well as iLife ’09 and iWork ’09) for $169. That’s $30 less than Windows 7 Home Premium full version. In addition, Apple’s  Snow Leopard Up-To-Date program, available to customers that purchase macs between June 8th, 2009 and December 26, 2009, will let customers upgrade from Leopard to Snow Leopard for just $9.95. So we pose a question: Are you satisfied with the price of Windows 7?

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  1. T St John Says:

    Boycott Windows 7. It is time to stop the insanity.

  2. Ryan Says:

    Well, no, we’re not “satisfied” with the pricing, but the comparison to Apple is a joke. In order to get the upgrade price for a Mac, you have to own one, and that would require a two to three times greater investment in my computer(s)… no thanks.

  3. Jerry Says:

    This is absolutely ridiculous…what a bunch of greedy moronic a-holes….this is why they will go into over drive to crack this software.

    This is why the country is a mess, these greedy no good rotten morons put out vista, when they knew it was not ready and now they are trying to force this on us, saying this is what vista should of been and we want you to pay for Vista, and then pay to get 7.

    I will get the cracked version and I will have no problems putting it on my machine….Microsoft can go screw themselves…..when does it end….who did they focus test to think this is a good idea? Are they nuts?

  4. Fanfoot Says:

    Apple makes their money on hardware.

    Microsoft makes their money on software.

    Enuf said.

    AND you can get lower prices on Windows 7 if you buy now. Available on Amazon.com as we speak. Quantities are limited apparently. You can get Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade right now for $49, which is very cheap.

  5. blamer Says:

    of course, thats exactly why people still use pirated windows. they should have given the home at around 70 and professional at a maximum of 150.

    BUT COmparing to apple is ridiculous. You first have to own a mac, which is so expensive.

    If you had any common sense, you would understand it is better to buy a cheap Dell with 3 years warranty + Windows 7. Its so much more worth the money than buying a sucky Apple who always fail trying to monopolize!

    I’d rather buy a Lenovo S10. Try out Windows 7 on Release Candidate for almost a year, and If I like buy the retail. If not satisfied with the speed and smoothness, then switch back to XP!

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