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Windows 7: Windows 7 OEM availability & prices

26 Aug 2009   #1
hawkeyelom

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Windows 7 OEM availability & prices

Anybody have information on availability and pricing of OEM version of Windows 7?

Thanks


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26 Aug 2009   #2
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hawkeyelom View Post
Anybody have information on availability and pricing of OEM version of Windows 7?

Thanks
Google my friend. Don't be scared to try it
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26 Aug 2009   #3
hawkeyelom

Vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tw33k View Post
Google my friend. Don't be scared to try it
I am not stupid as you imply --have done several google seardhes and did not find the answer. Thought perhaps some here might know. Might be too early in the game for this info to be availabe?
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26 Aug 2009   #4
masterB

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

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Microsoft still has yet to go public with its Windows 7 price list. But that hasn’t stopped customers and partners from publicly hoping for the best (cheaper than Vista) and fearing the worst (any kind of increase over the cost of Vista).

The most misunderstood and closely guarded piece of the Windows pricing equation, in my view, is OEM pricing. A June 12 report on OEMs allegedly balking at Microsoft’s planned Windows 7 pricing is fanning the flames.

More than a decade ago, the U.S. Department of Justice forced Microsoft to standardize Windows pricing for its top 20 PC maker partners — to stop the company from using pricing as a weapon via which it could charge higher prices to “punish” OEMs who deigned to carry other operating systems. But that still doesn’t mean OEM pricing is “simple.”

In the good old days, Microsoft could get away with upping the per-copy OEMs price for Windows by $15, $20 or more over the previous version, claiming that it was providing PC makers with more and more functionality with each release. But today, Microsoft is actually removing previously bundled Windows features — everything from Internet Explorer, to Photo Gallery, to Media Player — in order to head off current and potential antitrust suits. Should the company be charging PC makers more for a new version of Windows that includes less functionality?

Then there’s the added complication of netbooks. In order to thwart Linux, Microsoft has chopped the per-copy price it charges for Windows XP for netbooks to an estimated $15 per copy, according to various sources. With Windows 7, Microsoft is believed to be attempting to reduce the number of machines that will qualify for netbook status by setting maximum specs (10.2-inch screen size, no hybrid drives, etc.).

DigiTimes claims Microsoft is floating a per-copy price for Windows 7 for netbooks of $45 to $55 — a claim I find somewhat dubious, given that DigiTimes is reporting that XP currently goes for $25 to $35 a copy for netbooks, rather than $15. Maybe the prices DigiTimes is citing are for OEMs who aren’t in the Top 20 tier? Or maybe those are the per-copy Windows prices it is planning to charge OEMs for non-netbook machines?

There’s another assumption related to the June 12 DigiTimes report that I believe is off-base.
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