Yesterday, Microsoft announced the much anticipated pricing information for Windows 7 and its availability this October 2009 around the world. Consumers and Businesses can take confidence in Windows 7 being everywhere on new PC’s and store shelves this holiday. Back in February Microsoft confirmed the editions that Windows 7 will be available in. Yesterday, Brandon Leblanc of the Windows 7 Team blog along with Corporate VP for Windows Consumer Marketing, Brad Brooks in a video interview talked about how Microsoft is pricing the SKU line up for this release.
So what’s new?
Windows 7 is cheaper than Windows Vista and Microsoft is making consumers in various parts of the world get to experience Windows 7 free early even when you buy a new PC today with Windows Vista!
On 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).
Then 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.
As for the pricing itself:
So here’s the low-down on pricing for Windows 7. The estimated retail prices for upgrade packaged retail product of Windows 7 in the U.S. are:
- 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
The best part really is for the early adopters:
And we have the answer for people who need a new PC now but still want to get Windows 7 and that’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 – and is global! For more information on taking advantage of the Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program, visit www.windows.com/upgradeoffer.
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).
Check out the entire article and interview here
The wide availability of Windows 7 this fall will definitely be great time for Windows customers and PC users around the world to experience significant benefits in ease of use and productivity. From the significantly enhanced Taskbar, Desktop interactivity, improvements to Search and tighter integration with Windows Server 2008 R2 through features such as App Locker, Direct Connect and a host of many other features, Windows 7 is the upgrade that is going to really make a major positive impact on our computing experiences for a very long time. When combined with the free Windows Live Essentials, consumers and businesses will have a complete and powerful value added experience.