Microsoft says Vista buyers to get free Windows 7

Jun 25, 2009 By JESSICA MINTZ , AP Technology Writer
Windows 7

(AP) -- Microsoft Corp. said Thursday that prices for the Windows 7 computer operating system are largely in line with those for Vista, and that people who buy PCs before the new system goes on sale in October will get free upgrades.

To drum up demand among people who aren't in the market for a new PC, also said it is taking limited pre-orders for Windows 7, selling some for as little as $50.

People who buy Home Premium, Business or Ultimate computers starting Friday can contact their manufacturer for a free upgrade when Windows 7 becomes available on Oct. 22.

As a result, Microsoft said it will defer recognition of an expected $200 million to $300 million in Windows revenue until later quarters.

The Redmond, Wash.-based said it will cost people $120 to upgrade their existing machines to the Windows 7 Home Premium version, $10 less than the comparable Windows Vista package. Upgrades to the Professional and Ultimate versions will cost $200 and $220 respectively, the same as Vista.

The cost is identical regardless of whether the upgraded machine was running or Windows Vista.

Versions meant to be installed from scratch on a computer will cost $200, $300 and $320 for Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate.

By comparison, Apple Inc. said in early June that upgrades to its newest operating system, called Mac OS X Snow Leopard, will cost $30.

For customers buying new machines, the cost of the Windows software is typically included in the purchase price. The prices announced Thursday are for people who buy Windows separately or upgrade from older versions.

Microsoft is hoping Windows 7's debut will be much smoother than Vista's. The current operating system was plagued by delays; when it finally launched in January 2007, many people complained it was sluggish and didn't work with existing devices and programs.

This time, to goose early sales and build buzz, Microsoft is cutting the price by about half for people who pre-order upgrade software for Home Premium ($50) and Professional ($100).

The sale will start Friday in the U.S., Canada and Japan, and on July 15 in the U.K., France and Germany. It will last for about two weeks, or as long as allotted copies of the software last.

People can buy the software on Microsoft's download site or at retailers including Best Buy Co. Inc., which said it is limiting sales to three per customer.

Microsoft would not say how much it will cost to upgrade from a lesser version of Windows 7 to a more robust one. The company also declined to say what effect Windows 7 prices will have on netbooks, a popular category of small, inexpensive laptops. The low prices are possible in part because they run the older, cheaper Windows XP.

Microsoft said this month it is making a version of Windows for Europe that does not come with Internet Explorer, its Web browser, in an attempt to ward off sanctions from antitrust regulators there.

Brad Brooks, a corporate vice president for Windows marketing, said Microsoft hasn't had time to polish upgrade software for Europe, so it plans to sell the full version of to European Union consumers at upgrade prices at least through December.

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Bob_Kob
5 / 5 (1) Jun 25, 2009
Windows 7 is great. Its working faster than xp on my 6 year old computer.
deatopmg
4 / 5 (1) Jun 25, 2009
Should they also get payed for "pain and suffering"?
jimbo92107
5 / 5 (2) Jun 25, 2009
Linux is free, and it works just fine for surfing and creating documents. Should be an interesting competition for 7.
mattytheory
4 / 5 (1) Jun 26, 2009
LOL Microsoft should just GIVE Windows 7 away to anyone with a valid Vista CD Key. I won't hold my breath though...
denijane
not rated yet Jun 26, 2009
Linus is not good only about surfing and creating documents. It's good for almost anything. And if you really have to use a windows program, you can do it with Wine.
Bob_Kob
not rated yet Jun 27, 2009
Gee if you have to use a windows program? 99% of programs are windows programs...
maxx
not rated yet Jun 28, 2009
Linus is not good only about surfing and creating documents. It's good for almost anything. And if you really have to use a windows program, you can do it with Wine.

Linux is light years ahead from windows in terms of stability, security,speed,networking,scalability,etc.

Royale
not rated yet Jun 29, 2009
That could be argued maxx.. But let's say you're right, for sake of argument.. It's not ahead on ease of use.. And that's why it's not ahead in market share.. Unfortunately, as long as there are dumb computer users, there will always be a market for privately made (easier to use) OS's..
Sad? Yep, a little. True? Definitely.