While keeping a watch for things other then BestBuy or retail chain specials one article came out on the supposed lower retail prices to be seen with 7 when out later on 10/22/2009. Note the following: Microsoft
has just announced the editions or SKUs that will be available for sales and purchase for Windows 7
, without any official pricing details yet. But, a German website has leaked the non-binding Windows 7 price recommendations for dealers and OEMs
. Note that the news is not verified, and from the many wrong information about features for each editions of Windows 7 presented in the article, it’s likely that the Windows 7 price list is fake or wrong too.
The Microsoft recommended retail price for various editions of Windows 7:
Windows 7 Starter Edition: USD $199.95
Windows 7 Home Premium Edition: USD $259.95
Windows 7 Professional Edition: USD $299.95
Windows 7 Ultimate Edition: USD $319.95
Lacking is the pricing details for version of Windows 7 where Microsoft is expected to even allow Windows XP to upgrade to Windows 7
, and price for Windows 7 sold via OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer)
or System Builder
, which meant for new PC
but has considerably lower price tag.
If the pricing of Windows 7 is valid as above, Windows 7 will have the similar price with Windows Vista
after its price drop
after a year into launching. However, it’s still considerably cheaper when comparing with price of Windows Vista
on initial launch time." Windows 7 Pricing Details (Price for Various Editions) Leaked » My Digital Life
Lately the retail price for Vista Ultimate was found to be $319.95 when priced at Microsoft's online store. But it wouldn't be any great surprize to see 7 also lowered to that same price range according to one article earlier this month.
"Analysis: Microsoft could cut Windows 7 list price to $100
Calculations based on Feb. 2008 Vista price cuts Gregg Keizer
09 June, 2009 10:26 Tags: Windows 7
Microsoft could drop the price of Windows 7 to around US$100 when it announces retail prices later this month, according to calculations based on an earlier Vista cost-cutting move.
Although Microsoft is not expected to go public
with Windows 7 retail prices until next week, if it drops them by the same percentages it did in February 2008 when it cut U.S. prices for three editions of Vista, the upgrade to Windows 7 Home Vista could be $106.
If it does cut prices, Microsoft's motivations could range from a recognition of the recession's impact on consumers to a desire to move as many users as possible to Windows 7 -- which has been generally praised by reviewers -- to stem defections to other platforms, such as Apple's Mac OS X. In that Vista price cut
, Microsoft dropped the list prices of Vista Home Premium Upgrade, Vista Ultimate and Vista Ultimate Upgrade in the U.S. by 18.8%, 20% and 15.4%, respectively.
Vista Home Premium Upgrade, which had been priced at $159, fell to $129 in February 2008. Vista Ultimate Upgrade, meanwhile, dropped from $260 to $220. In other markets, such as the U.K. and the European Union, prices fell even more: Home Premium Upgrade was slashed by 46% in the EU.
Using the 2008 percentage price cuts for Ultimate as the basis for further reductions would put Windows 7 Ultimate at $256 and Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade at $186.
Those calculations, however, present problems with the pricing of Windows 7's other edition, dubbed Professional, the replacement for Vista Business in the line-up. Microsoft has been adamant that each version of Windows 7
will be a superset of the one immediately lower on the price/feature ladder. Such a strategy would hint at prices set accordingly; in other words, Business would be priced higher than Home Premium but lower than Ultimate. Because Microsoft declined to cut the U.S. prices of Vista Business or Vista Business Upgrade, however, relying on the 2008 decreases means that, by Computerworld's calculations, Windows 7 Professional would remain at $300 and Windows 7 Professional Upgrade at $200. That's unlikely, given that those numbers would price Professional higher than Ultimate." Analysis: Microsoft could cut Windows 7 list price to $100 - Microsoft, Windows 7 - Computerworld