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Microsoft Shows Official Windows 7 Box Art

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 39 comments

Simple and clean.

Last month, Polish website CentrumXP posted several box shots of Windows 7. We weren’t sure if they were just mockups or just very exclusive and early leaks – but it turns out that they were on the money.

On Microsoft’s Store is a preview page for Windows 7. While pricing remains a mystery, it seems that the boxes will look something like this:

What do you think of Microsoft's multiple SKUs of Windows 7? Do you think Microsoft should just sell one consumer version of Windows for one flat price?

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    Netherscourge , June 8, 2009 4:27 PM
    I'm getting the OEM - don't care about box art or manuals. Just want the CD and a key and I'm good to go.
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    icepick314 , June 8, 2009 4:23 PM
    as long as they keep the versions down to say 3 maximum...maybe 4th for netbook/notebook version...

    i don't mind different versions for business, home use, and premium...

    but when there are 32 different versions, then it's just sad....
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    chripuck , June 8, 2009 4:30 PM
    starrymanWhere's the illustration on the box where M$ says "F - YOU" to all of the current Vista users.


    You know you'll probably be able to buy an upgrade version of Windows 7 for a fairly reduced price. Probably be less than $100.

    Vista isn't that bad anyways, at least not now.
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    jerther , June 8, 2009 4:15 PM
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    Do you think Microsoft should just sell one consumer version of Windows for one flat price?


    Absolutely not. At least this constitutes a minimum freedom of choice.
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    icepick314 , June 8, 2009 4:23 PM
    as long as they keep the versions down to say 3 maximum...maybe 4th for netbook/notebook version...

    i don't mind different versions for business, home use, and premium...

    but when there are 32 different versions, then it's just sad....
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    Netherscourge , June 8, 2009 4:27 PM
    I'm getting the OEM - don't care about box art or manuals. Just want the CD and a key and I'm good to go.
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    maaksel , June 8, 2009 4:29 PM
    Why would the standard home user that just sends emails and light word processesing need ultimate or pro? Let the people who don't use all the features pay less for the... feature they don't use? Go figure right?

    I'll be getting the Ultimate 64 - but I get legit copies free from MS, so I don't care how much they may cost =)
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    chripuck , June 8, 2009 4:30 PM
    starrymanWhere's the illustration on the box where M$ says "F - YOU" to all of the current Vista users.


    You know you'll probably be able to buy an upgrade version of Windows 7 for a fairly reduced price. Probably be less than $100.

    Vista isn't that bad anyways, at least not now.
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    Anonymous , June 8, 2009 4:50 PM
    This is what is funny... MS develops massive features for Word, and readily admits most users only use a handful of them. The reason there are so many is because the handful of them that they do use are all different. There is only one version of Word. Then they turn around and do the exact opposite with the OS. Hypocrisy in action.
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    Niva , June 8, 2009 4:50 PM
    I like my Vista 64 machine, won't upgrade it, but the next computer will be win7. Curious what the particular breakdown will be between the home, pro and ultimate versions in terms of features.
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    Gin Fushicho , June 8, 2009 4:57 PM
    Why dont they just reduce it to two different windows types like before?
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    jerther , June 8, 2009 5:07 PM
    NetherscourgeI'm getting the OEM - don't care about box art or manuals. Just want the CD and a key and I'm good to go.

    yeah but if I recall, OEM are only supposed to be installed on new boxes
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    annymmo , June 8, 2009 5:12 PM

    More versions, People, keep upgrading and upgrading!
    MS is searching for more ways to empty your pockets gradually,
    so you won't notice, isn' t this great?
    Now, there will be not only Software versions but also flavours of the same software versions.

    MS shut up and make a single package with everything in it.
    It's impossible to know what kind of users will need what kind of features exactly.

    There will always be cases that don't match.
    Hopefully we don't go to a system of paying for every little feature you need! That would be really costly in the long run, sick and time consuming.

    Can you imagine.
    Want to use Paint and stuff?, pay 10$ more.
    Want to show hidden files?, pay 6$ for more windows explorer features.
    Now windows 8 will have even more ways to empty your pockets!
    Gradually!

    Great freedom of choice there is then.

    Real freedom of choice is being able to choose DIFFERENT OS's like Mac or Linux!
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    jerther , June 8, 2009 5:19 PM
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    It's impossible to know what kind of users will need what kind of features exactly.

    I can definately tell that the average user will be happy without all the features XP Pro offers over Home. And the average user will also like the fact that Home is 100$ less.

    One single package with everything in it would be great, but not for the money.
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    Netherscourge , June 8, 2009 5:26 PM
    jertheryeah but if I recall, OEM are only supposed to be installed on new boxes



    Yea - they said the same about XP and Vista too, yet they are all readily available in OEM form. I guess they get stripped from unsold Pre-built PCs? I don't know for sure, but I sure do like the reduced price! Hopefully they'll come out in OEM form before the Release Candidate Expires.
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    crom , June 8, 2009 5:32 PM
    Windows should be just 2 versions. Desktop and server. All the rest just serves to confuse average consumers. Sure Microsoft wants to make a profit, but push that profit over to OEM versions for hardware manufacturers.
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    grieve , June 8, 2009 5:40 PM
    I think having one version simplifies things... No need to know you need ultimate to do "X" or you can't do that with home premium...

    Ultimate for everyone.
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    hardwarekid9756 , June 8, 2009 5:41 PM
    the cost of the production on these things are so massive that I see tiered pricing as a must. Otherwise we'll be paying massive amounts of money on a single-version that garners way more features than we use. IMO, it is a little ridiculous to distribute the cost around as such, and painfully annoying, but it's not so much in the OEM versions as it is in the Retail copies that the pain comes down. IMO selling feature-limited products at reasonably lower prices is legit, because it helps reach more customers and it helps keep a "you get what you pay for" feel.

    And I won't be jumping on the Win7 Bandwagon. Great OS, sure, but I love my Vista, and the usability for standard creation (beyond the eye-candy) is only marginally better. Until I get a compelling must-have feature (Like WinFS? Where'd you go?!) I'm stickin' to my tried and true guns.
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    Gin Fushicho , June 8, 2009 5:43 PM
    cromWindows should be just 2 versions. Desktop and server. All the rest just serves to confuse average consumers. Sure Microsoft wants to make a profit, but push that profit over to OEM versions for hardware manufacturers.


    I miss the XP days.... you had home and pro. then you had 64 bit later on. and server 2003. simple , not tons of special different copy's.
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    aethm , June 8, 2009 5:57 PM
    I don't mind as long as they keep up they're currant pricing structure. I don't need the features of ultimate so why should I have to pay for them. On the other hand. Maybe MS should just sell the ultimate version for the price of home basic :)  One could wish...
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    starryman , June 8, 2009 6:08 PM
    starrymanWhere's the illustration on the box where M$ says "F - YOU" to all of the current Vista users.

    I thank each of the -1's I got from my original post. I'm sure M$ paid very well.
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