Windows 7 Family Pack

Windows 7 news keeps on coming and unfortunately, it isnt always good.

First of all is more info on the “Family Pack“. It will cost $150 to upgrade 3 Pcs in the same house to Windows Home Premium which is great value but:

  • It still hasn’t been announced if it’s available in the UK
  • It is a “limited time only” offer so once the stock is gone-that’s it.

I don’t understand why it’s not a proper, standard Windows 7 edition-it would surely increase the take up of WIndows 7 AND reduce the chance of people being tempted by pirated copies.

The second piece of news was pricing for the Windows Anytime Upgrades (WAU). These are an easy way for users to move from one edition of Windows 7 to another such as Home Basic to Home Premium and, in most cases, it is quite cost effective too.

  • Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Home Premium: $79.99 · €74.99 · £69.99
  • Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Professional: $114.99 · €184.99 · £119.99
  • Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Ultimate: $164.99 · €204.99 · £139.99
  • Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional: $89.99 · €179.99 · £119.99
  • Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Ultimate: $139.99 · €189.99 · £124.99
  • Windows 7 Professional to Windows 7 Ultimate: $129.99 · €134.99 · £84.99
  • As you can see, the dollar vs GBP prices don’t compare particularly well-coming out at almost DOUBLE in some cases!

    As much as I am a fan of Microsoft and their products, it is often the pricing and promotions side of things that they fall down on. They’ve really seem to have stuck it to UK users with the WAU pricing; things are always cheaper in the States but this seems to be a little extreme.

    ZDNet’s Ed Bott has more info here and NeoWin’s article on the WAU is here.

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