This morning, Brandon Leblanc, provided us with an update about availability of Windows 7 in Europe along information about a wider market availability for Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack upgrade. Here is what he had to say:
I want to provide a couple of updates for my friends in Europe today in regards to Windows 7.
I want to start off with an update to our plans for the Windows 7 Family Pack. As I mentioned last month, starting with the launch of Windows 7 on October 22nd, customers will be able to buy a Family Pack in the US & Canada. This allows users to install Windows 7 Home Premium on up to 3 existing Windows PCs for a reduced price. It’s an easy and cost effective way to get customers entire household on Windows 7.
I can now tell you of several more countries that will have a chance to take advantage of this great deal: the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands and Sweden. This will also be a limited offer, but is just one more way that our customers can save on Windows 7.
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Excellent news for customers around the world who have multiple PC’s in the home. Multiple PC’s running Windows 7 on a home network can take advantage of some powerful capabilities such as HomeGroups, Media Streaming and Libraries which makes sharing information and resources such as a Printer simpler.
Brandon also talked about changes to Windows 7’s web browser, users will now have a ballot box choice that will allow them to choose a third party web browser instead of the default Internet Explorer. This of course means the initial Windows 7 E product will not be offered and customers will instead be offered full and upgrade versions of Windows 7 with Internet Explorer 8. Customers who pre-ordered Windows 7 in Europe prior to September 1st will be able to get a full version of Windows 7 at upgrade pricing.
Windows 7 E was provided as a temporary solution until Microsoft was able to provide a possible upgrade path for Windows Vista with Internet Explorer to Windows 7 without Internet Explorer. Microsoft has since come to a resolution with third party web browser developers and the European Commission to resolve this issue through the new ballot box selection instead.
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