Microsoft's Windows 7 Prices Include Early-Bird Discount

Free upgrades for Vista PC buyers starting Friday
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 25, 2009 11:14 AM CDT
A wall showing the progression of the Windows start menu icons from Windows 95 through Windows Vista is seen at the company's headquarters in Redmond, Wash.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A pre-ordered upgrade to Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system will cost US customers $49 or $99 from tomorrow until July 11, depending on version: Home premium or Professional, CNET reports. Also starting tomorrow, anyone who buys a new Vista PC will get a free upgrade to Windows 7 when it’s released in October, the AP adds. Full versions will sell for $199, $299, and $319 for Ultimate.

Boxed upgrade versions will cost $119, $199, and $219—prices are at or below those for Vista. The pre-release price is one “that we have never even come close to in terms of an operating system release,” said an executive. “We’ve still got a business to run.”