Despite Microsoft's reduced price for Windows 7 Home Premium over the same version of Vista, analysts still feel that it's still a bit too pricey.
NPD Group VP of industry analysis Stephen Baker wrote last week about his displeasure that Microsoft isn't offering a multiple user license package like Apple is for Snow Leopard ($29 for a single user license and $49 for a family pack).
Ed Bott of ZDNet spotted signs in the latest leaked builds of Windows 7 a license agreement that mentions a Family Pack that provisions for three installations in the household.
The relevant section reads: "If you are a 'Qualified Family Pack User', you may install one copy of the software marked as 'Family Pack' on three computers in your household for use by people who reside there."
Microsoft has yet to make any formal announcements on pricing, but the existence of such a section in the licensing is as good as any confirmation that there will be some form of bundle discount for families who wish to install Windows 7 on multiple machines.
It's also worth noting that only Windows 7 Home Premium includes the licensing for the Family Pack. Large businesses that use Professional and Ultimate versions will have to pursue volume licensing agreements with Microsoft.
If a student lives with their parents, installs one of the licenses on his laptop; a year after he finds a job, moves to his own flat. Of course the EULA doens't allow this, after all, they no longer reside on the same house. Again, nothing is going to happen; the police isn't going to knock on your door saying: "Look Microsoft told us you have been conecting to the Internet from a diffferent location for more than six months now, so you either: move back to your parents home; bring your parents to live with you, or we will have to confiscate your harddrive" :D
Oh well.. all in all it'a a positive thing! After all Antivirus packages have had 3 licenses for one or two years now! And for teh first time it actually makes sense. With Vista Microsoft probably actually may not have wanted you to upgrade your old low end Pentium 4 to Vista beacause of it's slugishness. Now that a few years have passed, and probably most people will at least have a high end Pentium 4, a Pentium D or an Athlon, and Windows 7 even runs more or less well on a Netbook, it actually makes sense to upgrade.
Instead of "wishing" people reside in the same house, they could just say: you're entitled to install the OS on 3 different computers, as long as it's not for commercial use. It's still wishful thinking on their behalf, but at least it's not ridiculous.
It's almost like saying Windows 7 Home premium PC's can't get out of the door because they're "Home" Editions. And they might get a cold or something :D
Which brings me to this: why on earth is the "Home" still clinging on to the name ever since XP ?
Is there a Windows 7 Holiday Edtion ?; a Windows 7 Traveling-by-Train/Car/Boat Edition ?
Why not simply "Windows 7 Premium" ?
When you go to a store and you buy a laptop, you do with it whatever you want, you cna just go back to your job and use it there. How is that "Home" ?
Really, Microsoft still has a few edges to polish.