Microsoftâ€™s new operating system Windows 7 will ship on October 22, 2009. Today Microsoft announced the pricing details for windows 7, interestingly the prices are slightly lower when compared to the Windows Vista prices. Along with the pricing Microsoft is also allowing users to pre-order upgrade packages for half the price in select markets.
The Home Premium upgrade has been reduced to around 10% (varies based on the market). In the US it is available for $119, Vista is available for $129, a drop of $10. The price of the full version of Home premium is dropped from $240 to $200, Vista home premium ships for $240.
Hereâ€™s the low-down on pricing for Windows 7.
- Windows 7 Home Premium (Upgrade): $119.99
- Windows 7 Professional (Upgrade): $199.99
- Windows 7 Ultimate (Upgrade): $219.99
And the estimated retail prices for full packaged retail product of Windows 7 in the U.S. are:
- Windows 7 Home Premium (Full): $199.99
- Windows 7 Professional (Full): $299.99
- Windows 7 Ultimate (Full): $319.99
For the users who want to pre-order Windows 7, Microsoft is offering a limited time offer. In select markets you can pre-order Windows 7 at more than 50/ discount. â€œIn 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).â€ Microsoft Says. More information on this offer can be found here.
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€™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.
â€œOn October 22nd, Windows 7 will be available in the following 14 languages: English, Spanish, Japanese, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Chinese (Hong Kong).â€
â€œThen on October 31st, the remaining 21 languages will become available: Turkish, Czech, Portuguese, Hungarian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Greek, Ukrainian, Romanian, Arabic, Lithuanian, Bulgarian, Estonian, Slovenian, Hebrew, Thai, Croatian, Serbian Latin, and Latvian.â€ according to Microsoft.
Microsoft is also offering a free upgrade to users who wants to purchase a PC in bteween June 26th and October 22nd.
But, you donâ€™t have to wait until GA to get a new Windows PC. In fact, we know many people need that new PC sooner â€“ for back to school specifically. And we have the answer for people who need a new PC now but still want to get Windows 7 and thatâ€™s the Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program, which kicks off tomorrow, June 26th! Anyone who buys a PC from a participating OEM or retailer with Windows Vista Home Premium, Business or Ultimate on it will all receive an upgrade to the corresponding version of Windows 7 at little or no cost to customers. The Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program will be available until January 31st, 2010 â€“ and is global! For more information on taking advantage of the Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program, visit www.windows.com/upgradeoffer.