Microsoft said that it would be offering discounted Windows 7 upgrades on June 26, and it hasn’t wasted any time. When the clock struck midnight, the Windows 7 preorder page was updated with a list of participating retailers.
The special offer from Microsoft prices the Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade at $49.99 – a huge savings from the usual price of $119.99. Those looking for the Professional version can get for half price at $99.99 as part of the deal.
Those in Canada and Japan will also be able to take part in the deal today. Canadians can pay $64.99 for the Home Premium Upgrade and $124.99 for the Professional Upgrade. Those in Japan can get the Home Premium Upgrade for 7,777 Yen, while the Professional Upgrade will run 14,777 Yen.
Europeans will get their chance to preorder at a discounted price on July 15, but they’ll have perform clean installs thanks to the deal with IE8 and the EU.
Supplies are limited, but stocks will supposedly be around the same number of Windows Vista licenses that were sold at retail in its first year of availability. That means that Microsoft is aiming to break the previous generation’s sales record before Windows 7 is even released.