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Microsoft Discloses Windows 7 Pricing 821

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the snow-leopard-is-cheaper dept.
It's the tripnaut! writes "Information Week has posted prices for Windows 7. From the article: '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.' In a nod to the global economic downturn, it is interesting to note that prices are 10% lower than Vista."
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Microsoft Discloses Windows 7 Pricing

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  • by Hognoxious (631665) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @10:44AM (#28467043) Homepage Journal
    It's too much!
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Xiph (723935)

      well, it's just a minor upgrade to windows vista, so...?
      It's a good upgrade to vista, they've taken care of many of the big grievances.

      Windows 7 is not that big a change, so it hasn't cost that much to develop, so it's cheaper.

      • by OrangeTide (124937) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @11:08AM (#28467403) Homepage Journal

        Should be a free update to Vista. Given the problems of Vista and the high amount of customer dissatisfaction with the product.

        • Re:The answer is... (Score:4, Interesting)

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 25, 2009 @11:17AM (#28467543)
          At the very least it should be a $39 upgrade to Vista. If there's more in Windows 7 compared to Vista than there is in Snow Leopard compared to Leopard, I'll eat my shorts.
          • Re:The answer is... (Score:5, Interesting)

            by OrangeTide (124937) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @12:11PM (#28468395) Homepage Journal

            I don't think Snow Leopard really has all that much over Leopard either. I think 2009 will be the year of almost meaningless OS updates.

            (I boggle why I was marked as troll. I'm serious, people were pretty dissatisfied with Vista)

          • Re:The answer is... (Score:5, Informative)

            by nmb3000 (741169) <nmb3000@that-google-mail-site.com> on Thursday June 25, 2009 @12:18PM (#28468537) Homepage Journal

            If there's more in Windows 7 compared to Vista than there is in Snow Leopard compared to Leopard, I'll eat my shorts.

            So, you want salt and pepper with those?

            Ignoring the obvious formatting differences, compare Windows 7 changes [wikipedia.org] with OSX 10.6 changes [wikipedia.org]. Anyone who has been following the development of Windows 7 (and isn't just another uninformed Slashdotter) knows there is a lot of changes from Vista to 7. Whether it's worth a $100 - $200 price tag is an individual choice but regardless of the popular belief around here (the same incorrect belief that nobody uses Vista), Win7 is much more than a service pack.

            • by Chabil Ha' (875116) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @12:33PM (#28468797)

              Anyone who has been following the development of Windows 7 (and isn't just another uninformed Slashdotter) knows there is a lot of changes from Vista to 7.

              I think most of the griping revolves around the opinion that Windows 7 is what Vista should have been. IMHO Vista was a stop gap to an already tardy release. Windows 7 should have been Vista SP3. If you look at XP SP2, there were great strides made when you compare it to its gold edition.

              For $29 bucks I would heartily upgrade to Windows 7. Now, I'm not so sure. I am, however, ready to line up for my Snow Leopard upgrade.

              • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

                by Phantasmagoria (1595)

                Yep. I've always said that Vista was the Windows ME of XP. In other words Vista is to XP that Me was to 98: a poor stop-gap solution until the actual successor came out (XP for 98, and 7 for XP).

          • by Hatta (162192) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @03:54PM (#28472143) Journal

            At the very least it should be a $39 upgrade to Vista.

            If $39 is the least it should be, you'll be happy to hear it's much more than that.

        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by MrCrassic (994046)
          When the prices are cheaper, people will complain that it's not cheap enough.

          When the product is gratis, people will complain that it's not quality enough.

          You can't please everyone, I suppose. I think this is quite a good price cut. (Because $400+ for Vista Ultimate was always ridiculous to begin with.)
          • by tomthegeek (1145233) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @01:33PM (#28469739) Homepage

            It's true you can't please everyone, but $300 for the full featured OS is just ridiculous. $300 will buy me a CPU, Motherboard and a couple gigs of RAM. Add in a case and drives (which I have laying around but the average person can just re-use what's in their current computer) and you have a whole new computer. Let's see, what do I want more? A new computer or a basically meaningless OS upgrade?

            The only reason MS can price things this way is because they have a monopoly on the OEM desktop market.

            • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

              by hairyfeet (841228)

              Actually I bought an AMD 7550 barebone with everything but the DVD burner for $281 with shipping at Newegg, so at that price it would cost me more than the actual box to run it on. No thanks, I'll stick to my XP X64 that I picked up for $100 when some places were dumping it for the "New and great Vista" (BWA HA HA HA!) and it works really nice. Supports more than the 32Gb max memory this box will hold, runs all my old software and new, and only uses 433Mb of RAM leaving the rest of the 4Gb for MY stuff, whi

    • by PishiGorbeh (737623) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @11:24AM (#28467639)
      I thought Windows was freeware... None of the torrent sites ever asked for payment.
      • by BrokenHalo (565198) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @11:30AM (#28467751)
        I thought Windows was freeware...

        Well, I guess there are always those who will bitch and moan about the price, but who cares? There are free alternatives. And in the non-free world, the price is comparable to that of a new release of OS X.

        Ultimately it all comes down to choice. If you really want/have to use Windows, then pay for it and shut up.
        • by Obfuscant (592200) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @11:45AM (#28467995)
          ...but who cares? There are free alternatives.

          Unfortunately, there are hardware vendors who don't bother supporting anything but windows, and if you use your computer to talk to the real world sometimes you are stuck with windows if you want to get the work done. Wine is nice, but adding layers of abstraction adds a speed penalty, too, along with the question of "will it work, I don't know, let's spend a week testing it ...", which has costs of its own.

          If you really want/have to use Windows, then pay for it and shut up.

          Please send me your email address so I can subscribe to your "I have money coming out my wazoo and can waste it on overpriced operating systems" newsletter.

          • Re:The answer is... (Score:5, Informative)

            by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 25, 2009 @12:44PM (#28468953)

            Wine is not an additional layer of abstraction nor is it an emulator. It is an implementation of the win32 api.

        • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

          by redJag (662818)
          If 50% more is comparable.. :) and for that price tag of $199 you can get the 5 User pack for OS X.
      • Re:The answer is... (Score:5, Interesting)

        by Ascagnel (826800) <ascagnel+slashdo ... m ['il.' in gap]> on Thursday June 25, 2009 @11:40AM (#28467915) Homepage

        I wouldn't trust an OS from a torrent aggregator unless I have some way to check its veracity (i.e.: Ubuntu posts md5's of its ISOs, but you won't find one for an iffy torrent.

        This doesn't matter much anyways, since most corporate environments are on a volume license, and most home users will get Win7 preinstalled. It really only matters to geeks like us.

        • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

          by bcmm (768152)
          You're installing a closed-source OS anyway. What makes you think that Microsoft and the OEM that customises the disks are more trustworthy than a torrent site?

          Or did you want the MD5 for checking that the torrent downloaded properly? Bittorrent does that itself.
      • by Xarin (320264) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @12:14PM (#28468447)

        I thought Windows was freeware... None of the torrent sites ever asked for payment.

        Freeware or malware?

    • Re:The answer is... (Score:5, Interesting)

      by AmIAnAi (975049) * on Thursday June 25, 2009 @11:56AM (#28468173)
      That's because they haven't recovered the development costs for Vista, so you also have to pay for that if you purchase of Windows 7.
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by ozbird (127571)

        That's because they haven't recovered the development costs for Vista, so you also have to pay for that if you purchase of Windows 7.

        Not my problem. Make the upgrade cost competitive, or I'll install Linux. (Oh, wait...)

    • On http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/compare-editions [microsoft.com] there's a feature which only comes with the Ultimate edition: "Work in the language of your choice and switch between any of 35 languages." It's interesting that Microsoft, with all its billions, only supports 35 languages -- at a serious premium. Compare this to volunteer-based projects such as KDE, which has (admittedly varying) levels of support for over 60 languages. For free.
  • Ultimate Rip-Off (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Chaoscrypt (1476283) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @10:46AM (#28467069)

    I ended up getting Vista Ultimate.

    Never saw ANY of the benefits/Ultimate Content that was promised.

    The upgrade from Vista Ultimate to Win 7 Ultimate should be free.

    That will teach me for buying a boxed, non-OEM version of Windows I guess.

    • Re:Ultimate Rip-Off (Score:5, Informative)

      by vux984 (928602) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @11:12AM (#28467453)

      I ended up getting Vista Ultimate.

      Me too.

      Never saw ANY of the benefits/Ultimate Content that was promised.

      I however knew what I was getting:

      1) Disk encryption -- in ultimate only (and enterprise which is only by VLA)
      2) licensed dvd codecs -- in home prem and ultimate but not in business
      3) ability to connect to a domain, IIS, etc -- business and ultimate but not home
      etc

      But if you only bought Vista ultimate based on the handful of exclusive ultimate freebies that came at launch, and the half hearted promise that theird be some more cool stuff... that was idiotic. You should have just bought home premium or business as applicable, and then done an in place key upgrade if / when they ever released a bonus feature that made the ultimate upgrade price worth it to you.

      For me, ultimate was the right choice right out of the gate. The features I wanted to play with were in the box, and I could only get everything i wanted in ultimate.

      That will teach me for buying a boxed, non-OEM version of Windows I guess.

      Meh, I did that so I'd have I'd have a legit key, 32 and 64 bit disks, and no grey area about whether I could move it from machine to machine, run it in a VM, etc, etc. Of course I bought the 'upgrade' so it cost the same as the oem version, and I knew about the double install trick for doing clean installs. (And I have multiple licenses for XP to legitimize the Vista upgrade.)

      But the lesson that you should be learning is to buy products for what they have today, not to buy them on some vague promise of what they might one day have. That lesson will serve you will in general. For example, if you buy a game console when there are enough games for it out already that you can justify the cost even if no other game ever comes out, then you'll never be disappointed with it.

      • by Hatta (162192) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @03:59PM (#28472219) Journal

        For example, if you buy a game console when there are enough games for it out already that you can justify the cost even if no other game ever comes out, then you'll never be disappointed with it.

        If everyone waits for great games to come out for a console before they buy it, there will be no user base for that console, and no one will publish games for it.

    • by causality (777677) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @11:28AM (#28467707)

      Never saw ANY of the benefits/Ultimate Content that was promised.

      The upgrade from Vista Ultimate to Win 7 Ultimate should be free.

      That will teach me for buying a boxed, non-OEM version of Windows I guess.

      Personally, when I receive a promise from a company and feel that they didn't deliver, I show my dissatisfaction with that company by no longer buying their products. That is, I try not to support business practices that are abusive or unfavorable or fail to deliver. That works because in most markets there are other companies to choose from.

      If there were any real competition in this market, you'd probably be saying "that will teach me for buying Microsoft". Just think about that.

  • Overpriced. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by barnyjr (1259608) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @10:48AM (#28467097)

    Yeesh... apple is releasing snow leopard for $29 and microsoft is still pricing stuff like this? When will they learn that a lower price will likely increase the number of people willing to pay for it instead of pirating it.

    • Re:Overpriced. (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Darkness404 (1287218) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @10:51AM (#28467143)
      Not to mention that most of the people who purchase Windows boxed either A) build their own PCs, B) are a business C) are a computer enthusiast or D) are a MS developer. Charging this much for people who are high up on the technology chain is just insane, especially because these people know of alternatives and they see Apple with a cheap but better OS and Linux with a free OS. Plus, what is the point of ultimate? As far as I can tell its nothing but a rip-off, there were none of the promised features, and you would think that MS would give them a free upgrade to 7 but I guess not.
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by sean_nestor (781844)

        Not to mention that most of the people who purchase Windows boxed either A) build their own PCs, B) are a business C) are a computer enthusiast or D) are a MS developer. Charging this much for people who are high up on the technology chain is just insane, especially because these people know of alternatives and they see Apple with a cheap but better OS and Linux with a free OS. Plus, what is the point of ultimate?

        The boxed price is high because if it were lower than say, OEM or volume licensing, the purpose of volume/OEM licensing would be completely defeated. I can businesses having their techs go out and buy boxed copies en masse, then ghost over images of the OS to OEM computers purchased without an OS preinstalled.

        The home user is actually the LAST person Microsoft is interested in selling an OS to. Businesses doubtlessly make up a vast majority of their customer base, and since businesses make of most of their

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by Blakey Rat (99501)

        A developer would use their MSDN Windows license. They wouldn't be buying a box at retail. Unless they're really stupid. That marks D off your list.

        From my experience, businesses don't upgrade their hardware to a new OS version any more than the average user does. (i.e. hardly at all.) Meaning, business Windows cost would be rolled-in to the hardware cost, knocking B off your list.

        I'd wager build-your-own-ers are more likely to pirate than to buy, unless they know a MS employee who can get Windows at MS Sto

    • Re:Overpriced. (Score:5, Insightful)

      by roemcke (612429) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @10:57AM (#28467233)

      They don't expect people to buy stuff at those prices. The prices are high so that they can pressure OEMs into making shady deals.

    • Re:Overpriced. (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Jason1729 (561790) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @10:59AM (#28467269)
      Most of the people who will pay $29 for snow leopard paid apple for their hardware. How many vista users bought their hardware from microsoft?
    • Re:Overpriced. (Score:4, Insightful)

      by iamacat (583406) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @11:05AM (#28467365)

      Cue in to Apple ads where people are sent to Best Buy to find an operating system for fifty bucks.

    • And Apple's Not? (Score:3, Insightful)

      by bkaul (1235970)
      Apple charges $29 for their OS upgrade, but the Mac user who's getting that cheap upgrade paid 50% more up front for the computer that he bought from Apple. Microsoft, despite selling a few keyboards and mice, is not a hardware company, and doesn't make its money by maintaining exclusive manufacturing control of the hardware that Windows runs on.
  • Editions (Score:4, Insightful)

    by sleekware (1109351) * on Thursday June 25, 2009 @10:49AM (#28467109)

    I'm glad that with Windows 7 Microsoft mostly reverted back to the kind of editions they marketed Windows XP with. It's now much more clear which one to buy when it is distinguised by Home and Professional, then Ultimate for the power user.

    • Re:Editions (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Ephemeriis (315124) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @11:34AM (#28467813)

      I'm glad that with Windows 7 Microsoft mostly reverted back to the kind of editions they marketed Windows XP with. It's now much more clear which one to buy when it is distinguised by Home and Professional, then Ultimate for the power user.

      Personally, I'd like to see all the various flavors go away. Just sell Windows 7. Have a default load and then allow all the extra bells & whistles to be installed as add-ons.

      There's no good reason why an XP/Vista/7 "Home" machine can't join a domain or run terminal services, Microsoft just decided to disable those features.

  • by ActionJesus (803475) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @10:51AM (#28467139)

    It seems to me that everyone I know has a pirated copy of windows: the few people people that have legal copies have them because they were bundled with the computer they bought. When was the last time someone actually went out specifically to bought a copy?

    • by Darkness404 (1287218) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @10:55AM (#28467205)
      Lets see, businesses do, gamers very often do (hey, if they have the money to buy a $1,000 Core i7 extreme CPU, 6 gigs of DDR3 RAM, a top of the line graphics card, etc, $300 for an OS is a drop in that computer's budget), as do people who are still stuck in the '80s upgrade mentality or people who have Macs and want to run Windows under Boot Camp.
    • by sakdoctor (1087155) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @11:07AM (#28467393) Homepage

      I downloaded XP, off edonkey2000, over a 56k modem.
      Though I didn't buy it, I feel I earned it.

      That was before I went to university, and found they had free student licences anyway.

    • by Ephemeriis (315124) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @11:28AM (#28467709)

      It seems to me that everyone I know has a pirated copy of windows: the few people people that have legal copies have them because they were bundled with the computer they bought. When was the last time someone actually went out specifically to bought a copy?

      Your average "Joe Sixpack" home user will probably be running a pirated copy of Windows. Their computer may have come with a legal OEM license once upon a time... But they probably lost the discs somewhere along the way, and their OEM key probably didn't work with the discs their buddy found when they had to reload their computer to get rid of the viruses, so they wound up with a cracked copy of Windows. And then they heard about the shiny new Vista thing and their buddy hooked them up with a cracked copy of that, too.

      Mot IT-ish folks I know have legal copies - frequently acquired using some kind of student discount or corporate volume licensing program. They aren't paying retail, but frequently don't trust the cracked copies available.

      Most of the gamer folks I know have legal copies, but they're usually buying the OS with a pile of new hardware and get some kind of OEM version, so they aren't paying retail.

      The big businesses will be on some kind of software maintenance plan with Microsoft. They'll be able to download and install whatever flavor of Windows they feel like. So they won't be paying retail.

      The folks who typically wind up paying retail prices, from what I've seen, are the small/medium sized businesses. They don't want to run a cracked copy of Windows for fear of being audited... But they don't need enough licenses to make volume licensing or maintenance plans affordable... So they wind up buying a pile of retail boxes. And it can be expensive. Sometimes it is actually cheaper just to replace their computers entirely, and get the new version of Windows pre-installed on the machine.

  • by BlackSnake112 (912158) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @10:52AM (#28467149)

    And I do not mean the store 7-11.

    Here:
    http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/ptech/06/25/cnet.windows7.pricing.upgrade/index.html [cnn.com]

    From the article: "From Friday through July 11, consumers in the U.S. will be able to buy an upgrade copy of Windows 7 Home premium for $49 or Windows 7 Professional for $99."

    No ultimate and an upgrade not full though. But the upgrade from XP is a full wipe install anyway.

    And I do agree with others who said that upgrade from vista ultimate should be free to win 7 ultimate.

  • Time will tell. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by gubers33 (1302099) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @10:52AM (#28467161)
    I doubt we are going to see any big move towards Windows 7 until people see that is is worth the price tag. I mean with all the issues people saw with Windows Vista, no one is going to want to upgrade their working Windows XP for a Windows 7 that could be just as bad as Vista. If we see that Windows 7 is stable and worth the money we might begin to see a larger transition to it 6 months from now.
    • Re:Time will tell. (Score:4, Interesting)

      by dtml-try MyNick (453562) <litheran@@@gmail...com> on Thursday June 25, 2009 @11:03AM (#28467313)
      I skipped Vista entirely. Tried it a few days and went back to XP until recently.

      When Win 7RC came out I decided to give it a shot and quite frankly, I'm hooked.....
      It's a damn fine OS for a average to power user. If you're still running XP this is a upgrade to consider. If you're running Vista.. hmm, might aswell wait until pricing dropped a bit.

      But.. this is the first time I'm actually considering to buy Windows.
      It runs smooth, behaves as one would expect from a OS.. In the end Win7 might end up as their best OS till now.
  • More importantly... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Jason1729 (561790) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @10:53AM (#28467173)
    Can I use the windows 7 license to legally run windows XP? ;)
  • Not in Europe (Score:5, Informative)

    by benwiggy (1262536) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @11:02AM (#28467301)
    You're missing the bigger picture. MS is selling a version without IE in Europe, at increased prices, and you have to erase and install.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8118749.stm [bbc.co.uk]

  • Really? (Score:3, Informative)

    by dr00g911 (531736) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @11:05AM (#28467351)

    In a nod to the global economic downturn, it is interesting to note that upgrade prices are still more expensive than a non-upgrade OEM copy with far more reinstallation hassles.

  • by CohibaVancouver (864662) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @11:07AM (#28467387)
    [flame suit on]

    I know much of slashdot would vehemently disagree, but for the majority of users, Windows comes 'for free' with their PC. They buy a computer from Dell or whomever and it comes with Windows, then when the buy a new PC 4 or 5 years later, it comes with Windows again. Virtually no one I know 'buys' the OS - They'll simply get a the newest / latest when they buy a new computer.

    [/flame]
  • Fear of Windows 7 (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 25, 2009 @11:12AM (#28467449)

    How many of you zealots have actually used the W7 release candidate? From the look of the comments, not many. It's a fantastic OS already, and I'm betting it will be very successful, increasing Microsoft's market share.

    Oh, but this is slashdot. Anything Microsoft = bloat, crashes, unsecure. Get out of the 90's.

  • by Jumperalex (185007) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @11:23AM (#28467625)

    is how much will it be as an "OEM" version from the likes of Newegg when I purchase it with a HD? Because anyone paying Brick and Mortor retail pricing is just paying an ignorance-tax.

  • Do not hate me. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by raijinsetsu (1148625) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @11:28AM (#28467715)
    I have been using Windows 7 for the last month or so (since it went from beta to RC) and, I have to say that I have liked MOST of the experience so far.

    Stability is at least on par with XP (have not had to restart since I finished driver installs). Annoying messages have been minimal - they only appear when I am doing something that should require administrator credentials, such as installing a new application or driver.

    Performance... I have no concrete figures but this also seems on par with XP.

    The only down-side has been the installation time (hours, even on my beast) and the size of the OS(how DO you fit 20GB of data on a 3GB DVD anyways????).

    So, the reason I want Windows 7 is so I can use all of my system's memory without a ramdisk/virtual memory hack and 64-bit support. There is really no other reason to upgrade because everything else seems on par with XP.
  • buy Naked (Score:4, Interesting)

    by dominux (731134) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @11:30AM (#28467747) Homepage
    perhaps I could direct your attention to a fine catalog of vendors prepared to sell a PC in the natural state - start naked and free from all operating systems. For those who prefer not to pay for an unwanted proprietary operating system there are Naked Computers. If anyone sees a vendor out there with a naked system for sale please let me know. It has to be an up front option (full frontal if you prefer) not an under the counter, if you ask specially kind of deal. We are also mostly interested in complete computers, not a pile of bits, and we want a minimum order quantity of a single unit.
  • by ratboy666 (104074) <fred_weigel@NoSPaM.hotmail.com> on Thursday June 25, 2009 @11:33AM (#28467791) Homepage Journal

    I have purchased only one copy of Windows(tm) in the last years; XP Professional(tm), and I paid almost $300 for it (all in, after taxes). Yes, I know I was taken for a fool, more on this later.

    Now, I know that OEMs can't possibly be paying anything CLOSE to that, because I can buy a computer now WITH Windows and pay just a bit more than that.

    So, I was led to believe that as a single consumer, I was being ripped off, and the only way to get a reasonable price for Windows was with a new computer. Simple, right?

    Wrong. My wife works as a middle-school teach in the TDSB (Toronto District School Board). They have, what, 40,000 (more?) employees. My wife just got an offer - buy Windows Vista(tm) (Business?) for $21, and Office(tm) for $21. As far as I can tell (from the literature), there don't seem to any resale restrictions. And no "OEM" restrictions. The literature also mentions that the retail price for Office is north of $600.

    How much DO Windows and Office cost? Since only idiots would buy retail Windows or Office (yes, I used to be in that category), the only reason to have ANY "suggested retail price" is to attempt to establish some sort of valuation.

    "It's expensive, it MUST be good",

    but no-one actually pays that price

    "but I got a GREAT deal on the software!".

    And now the suggested retail pricing pops up here, just to help spread the meme.

    Of course, it is possible that the purchase was subsidized by the TDSB, in which case I will be very upset. The TDSB just ok'd the use of OpenOffice, and thus should have no need to spend the money.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Ephemeriis (315124)

      How much DO Windows and Office cost?

      How much are you willing to spend?

      The fact of the matter is that Microsoft has no standard price. They've got discounts and deals to fit pretty much anyone and everyone - you just have to know about them. Government deals, educational deals, developer deals, big business deals...

      It's ridiculous.

  • Bad summary (Score:5, Informative)

    by ProppaT (557551) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @11:35AM (#28467825) Homepage

    Where's the part of the summary telling people that they can upgrade for $49.99 by pre-ordering?

    "Finally, as a way of saying thank you to our loyal Windows customers, we are excited to introduce a special time limited offer! We will offer people in select markets the opportunity to pre-order Windows 7 at a more than 50% discount. In the US, this will mean you can pre-order Windows 7 Home Premium for USD $49.99 or Windows 7 Professional for USD $99.99. You can take advantage of this special offer online via select retail partners such as Best Buy or Amazon, or the online Microsoft Store (in participating markets).

    This program begins tomorrow in the U.S., Canada and Japan. The offer ends July 11th in the U.S. and Canada and on July 5th for Japan or while supplies last. Customers in the UK, France and Germany, can pre-order their copy of Windows 7 starting July 15th and will run until August 14th (or supplies last) to ensure folks donâ(TM)t miss out on this. Act fast if you want to be the first in line to get Windows 7 at this screaming deal! Note: The special low pre-order price will vary per country."

    Granted, it's a small window for a bloated Windows, but you have to applaud Microsoft for this. If you hate Vista and are convinced you want an upgrade, it's only $49.99 if you do in in the next few weeks.

  • by g34rs (1583313) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @11:55AM (#28468153)
    I heard the Pirate Edition was free. Just sayin.
  • by Xian97 (714198) on Thursday June 25, 2009 @12:20PM (#28468575)
    I had hoped that they would do like Apple this time and offer a family pack license. I can get Leopard with five licenses for a little over $130, less than half the cost of a second standalone copy. With four PCs in my household (my game PC, wife's, and two the kids use), even the cheapest upgrade option is nearly $500 if I upgraded all of them.

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