Brandon Leblanc today discusses the much anticipated information about Windows 7 upgrade details: Windows Anytime Upgrade and Family Pack Licensing. Here is what he had to say:
Most people buy a PC preinstalled with the edition of Windows that meets their unique needs. However, for some customers their needs may change over time.
With Windows Anytime Upgrade (or WAU), we make it super easy and convenient for the small number of customers who’s PC needs evolve to need a higher edition of Windows 7.
There are a couple of specific situations where we think WAU will prove useful:
A customer may purchase a netbook thinking they would use primarily it for email. Over time, they find they are using that netbook as their primary every-day PC. That person decides they want their netbook to do more. If the netbook is running Windows 7 Starter (or Windows 7 Home Basic in select markets), WAU makes it super easy to upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium. Moving to Windows 7 Home Premium will allow that customer to take advantage of features such as Aero Peek and other enhanced functionality in the Windows Taskbar in Windows 7 such as Taskbar Previews. Desktop themes are also enabled and so is Remote Media Streaming.
With the Windows 7 release, Microsoft is introducing Family Pack licensing which entitles you to install the Home Premium edition on a total of 3 PC’s. This is fantastic news for multiple PC homes. As Brandon notes, having multiple PC’s on your home network running Windows 7 opens up a lot of rich capabilities, such as the super easy networking through HomeGroups, Media Streaming, efficient sharing of resources and a whole lot more.
Today, most homes have more than one PC in them. When you run Windows 7 on more than one PC on a home network, you can do more with features like HomeGroup. HomeGroup allows people to connect to PCs on their network and share files, music and photos with the whole family – easily. The Windows 7 Family Pack is an easy and affordable way to get all your PCs in your household running Windows 7 through licensing to install Windows 7 Home Premium on up to 3 PCs.
The pricing for Windows 7 Anytime upgrades will vary depending on the edition you have installed on your PC, lets take a look:
Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Home Premium: $79.99
Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional: $89.99
Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Ultimate: $139.99
Brandon also notes that Anytime Upgrade under the Windows 7 line up is much cheaper, by at least 12% in the US as compared to Vista pricing. As for he family pack licensing:
$149.99 for 3 Windows 7 Home Premium licenses, that’s a saving of $200 for 3 licenses.
I think its a fantastic deal that will encourage a lot of folks to upgrade and take advantage of all of the powerful capabilities built into Windows 7 that make it fun and easy to use. The performance of Windows 7 is exceptional, I have been running the RC on a AMD Sempron 512 MBs of RAM and I am very impressed by responsive and productive that PC is to use now.
Read the entire article here to learn all the details