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UK Customers to Get Windows 7 Half U.S. Price

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Windows 7 going on the cheap in the United Kingdom.

Those living in the UK are used to looking at the prices of goods around the rest of the world before letting out a sigh and accepting that things just cost more in Great Britain. But it seems that those very same consumers will be getting a break with Windows 7 – which at present time will be selling for nearly half of what U.S. consumers pay.

CNet spotted the online prices for Windows 7 preorders, which run £65 for the full version of Windows 7 Home Premium. Converted to US$107, which compares favourably to the US$200. In fact, the £65 is even below the U.S. cost of the upgrade, which will run for US$120. Check it out on Amazon.co.uk.

Now that there doesn't look to be a separate SKU for a browserless version of Windows 7, a product key could be a product key wherever it's activated. Could there be an opportunity for arbitrage?

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    MrBradley , August 19, 2009 3:56 PM
    EU will still find away to fine them.
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    MrBradley , August 19, 2009 3:56 PM
    EU will still find away to fine them.
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    Spanky Deluxe , August 19, 2009 4:01 PM
    That new price would be ok by me if there was only one version of Windows which had all the features. Since I have a multi-cpu system however, I'd need to get Professional or Ultimate or something, which are at least £150.
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    Gradis , August 19, 2009 4:02 PM
    It was £50 at the start of preorder with some retailers.
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    Anonymous , August 19, 2009 4:07 PM
    MS sell very very pricey in eastern europe (compared to regional buy power) and then complain about piracy.

    PS I dont understand. If you wont use for commercial purposes why ask for email ? Be a man, admit you'll use it for commercial purposes.
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    Shadow703793 , August 19, 2009 4:08 PM
    spanky deluxeThat new price would be ok by me if there was only one version of Windows which had all the features. Since I have a multi-cpu system however, I'd need to get Professional or Ultimate or something, which are at least £150.

    Multi CPU as in 2P or Quad/i7?
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    Major7up , August 19, 2009 4:21 PM
    If they sold it over here (USA) half price I'd go for it. Till then I'll stick with XP.
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    iquark , August 19, 2009 4:25 PM
    I have a feeling the US prices will come down prior to launch. Otherwise I'm planning on getting the 187$ Vista-64 bit Ultimate at newegg with the free win 7 ultimate upgrade coupon. At least I can save 30$ over just buying Win7 ultimate.
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    jasperjones , August 19, 2009 4:28 PM
    Shadow703793Multi CPU as in 2P or Quad/i7?


    Well, Home Premium will obv run most multiprocessor but *single* socket x86 systems. But what about dual socket systems? I recall back in the days of XP you had to get Professional...
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    hellwig , August 19, 2009 4:29 PM
    If republicans are to believe, the UK system of health care is so overstressed and ineffective, these poor souls won't live long enough to see the next Windows release. Microsoft is just doing them a favor, not charging them for extra years on a license they'll never see.

    That said, the UK usually has to wait forever to get releases of U.S. software, movies, etc... Maybe Microsoft is just trying to play nice this time, and not drive more Europeans to linux.
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    fulle , August 19, 2009 4:52 PM
    Its simple economics. A monopoly gets to chose their own price, and they pick the price that maximizes profits the most. Someone was analyzing sales data at Microsoft, and staring at a graph decided that this was the price they need to sell at to maximize profit in EU.

    As if a business would do ANYTHING to "play nice." What are we, in kindergarten? There's no Santa either, btw.
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    nachowarrior , August 19, 2009 5:48 PM

    Just like china getting office for some ridiculously low price. MS can eat a fat one. It'd be cheaper for me to buy MS office in china and have it imported, then install and go fetch the necessary language pack, if it's not already installed that is. Not too terribly hard to save about 100 bucks. anyway. this is a load of crap on micro$hafts part, and just goes to prove that they're making US pay so that other countries can have their crap cheaper. 300 bucks for an OS? come the f**k off, really. Especially considering it's basically just a modified kernel update of windows $hista. Where's their sorry excuse for "Multitouch" support that DIY people have been pumping out for YEARS. NON EXISTENT. Yet they made such a HUGE fuss over it when asked about windows 7 prior to it's release. Oh and BTW, gaming on windows 7 = crap. Granted the framerates are a little more steady, but i'm getting roughly HALF the framerate in TF2 vs. windows XP x64. Not to mention dx10 and dx10.1 support is a joke at best. All of my productivity can be done in linux, and much easier in linux as well. So what's the point? OH YEAH!!! I REMEMBER to bend you over and try and force people into shelling out more cash. that's right. The only GOOD copy of windows 7 is a copy that includes ALL features and costs 100 bucks or less, and lets face it, that doesn't exist, and won't exist.
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    rooket , August 19, 2009 5:57 PM
    Lol 'favourably", gotta love that. American English is so much cleaner.
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    itadakimasu , August 19, 2009 6:12 PM
    if I do buy it, I was going to buy the 64 bit home premium w\ free windows 7 upgrade from newegg for $107...

    Will any of these UK E-tailors ship to the US ?
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    matt_b , August 19, 2009 6:19 PM
    Anyone living in the US that is smart and wishes to have the new Windows 7 version is going to buy Windows Vista professional with the free Windows 7 upgrade for about $120 (or less) shipped from most retailers. It doesn't make sense to shell out $200 for this.

    On a side note, I find it ridiculous that any computer I build these days, the most expensive part is almost always (exception being an all-out gamer or business rig) Windows itself - why?
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    itadakimasu , August 19, 2009 6:21 PM
    windows vista professional?

    Are you talking about windows vista Business? OS is one of the more expensive parts because it makes everything work : )
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    Boxa786 , August 19, 2009 6:51 PM
    This is great news, BUT

    Im sure the UK government will bring out new TAXES or increase an old one applicable in this case, just to make more money from us hard working tax payers
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    ethanolson , August 19, 2009 7:43 PM
    fulleIts simple economics. A monopoly gets to chose their own price, and they pick the price that maximizes profits the most. Someone was analyzing sales data at Microsoft, and staring at a graph decided that this was the price they need to sell at to maximize profit in EU.As if a business would do ANYTHING to "play nice." What are we, in kindergarten? There's no Santa either, btw.


    So true. I work for [an unnamed super-huge global tech company] (HP) and we just bend over for the shareholders. We only care about consumers if the shareholder says we gotta or we feel nice and the shareholder doesn't complain.
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    doomtomb , August 19, 2009 7:57 PM
    The US keeps getting screwed over by companies charging higher prices. Example: AT&T, Time Warner, Microsoft
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    matchboxmatt , August 19, 2009 8:03 PM
    I already preordered Windows 7 for $50, so I honestly can't complain.

    Kind of nice that they're cutting the high price tag for at least some people, but I'm still kind of curious as to why it's the UK.
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    crisisavatar , August 19, 2009 8:03 PM
    MrBradleyEU will still find away to fine them.

    lol so wrong yet so funny
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