We knew when (October 22) and now we know for how much.
Pricing on Windows 7 has been speculated for a while now to be even expensive than Windows Vista, but today Microsoft has revealed real dollar figures, showing a price break for the new operating system.
As listed by the Windows Team Blog, the estimated retail prices for upgrade packaged retail product of Windows 7 in the U.S. are:
- Windows 7 Home Premium (Upgrade): $119.99
- Windows 7 Professional (Upgrade): $199.99
- Windows 7 Ultimate (Upgrade): $219.99
And the estimated retail prices for full packaged retail product of Windows 7 in the U.S. are:
- Windows 7 Home Premium (Full): $199.99
- Windows 7 Professional (Full): $299.99
- Windows 7 Ultimate (Full): $319.99
While the Professional and Ultimate prices aren’t any different than they what they were for Windows Vista, the price break comes in for the Home Premium edition – which will likely be the most popular version for mainstream computer users.
The Vista Home Premium upgrade is $129.95, so there’s a $10 drop in the upgrade to Windows 7. The full Vista Home Premium is $239.95, with the equivalent Windows 7 model going for $40 less.
European customers won’t be able to buy the upgrade SKUs at retail, at least not from point of general availability, but Microsoft said that it would offer upgrade pricing on the full licenses (for those who qualify).
Microsoft also said that Windows 7 upgrade licenses will be available at less than half price as a part of a special pre-order program. Stay tuned for more.