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