We've seen fairly clear evidence that there is going to be a Windows 7 "family pack" deal where a single purchase will include three consumer licenses for use in a single household.
Today Microsoft confirmed all speculation. Windows communication manager Brandon LeBlanc wrote today, "I know there have been some rumors going around about a 'family pack' for Windows 7. We have heard a lot of feedback from beta testers and enthusiasts over the last 3 years that we need a better solution for homes with multiple PCs."
LeBlanc continued, "I’m happy to confirm that we will indeed be offering a family pack of Windows 7 Home Premium (in select markets) which will allow installation on up to 3 PCs."
Other than the brief confirmation, there weren't any other details released by Microsoft. This may be relief to some who decided to pass on the pre-order deal, though those who did may feel a slight sting if the price of the family pack ends up being less than $150 (the price of three Home Premium Upgrades at the discounted price).
For more on the Windows 7 Home Premium family pack, check out our previous stories:
I have suspicion that the Family Pack will NOT be less than a single license... Just a guess.
It would be pretty cool if the Family Pack is only $50 more than a single license.
Apple invented the term Family Pack?
Both side copy each other constantly. Only a narrow-minded fanboy would think any different. Apple didn't invent the GUI interface either... which may be a shock to you. They copied what they saw at PARC.
Yeah, didn't think so. Hooray for affordable OS's! While it probably won't affect people buying pre-built PCs, those of us who choose to assemble our own systems have much to be happy about (so long as it isn't $300 for a 3-pack).
Mac OS X basically has the same thing in the form of kext files and extensions.
But no, you're totally right, how an operating system communicates with its software and hardware is stupid. We should all follow your example and proceed to hate and bash things that we don't understand.
"Because a typical household family generally wouldn't need Ultimate or Professional's features."
A typical household family doesn't need a castrated version of Windows!