Microsoft announces Windows 7 retail pricing, upgrade options.

Microsoft today announced Windows 7 retail pricing, availability, upgrade and other details. OEMs will start shipping PCs with Windows 7 in all language versions beginning on GA, October 22nd.

On October 22nd, Windows 7 will be available in the following 14 languages:
English, Spanish, Japanese, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Chinese (Hong Kong).

Then on October 31st, the remaining 21 languages will become available: Turkish, Czech, Portuguese, Hungarian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Greek, Ukrainian, Romanian, Arabic, Lithuanian, Bulgarian, Estonian, Slovenian, Hebrew, Thai, Croatian, Serbian Latin, and Latvian.

For people who need a new PC now but still want to get Windows 7 and that’s the Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program, which kicks off tomorrow, June 26th! Anyone who buys a PC from a participating OEM or retailer with Windows Vista Home Premium, Business or Ultimate on it will all receive an upgrade to the corresponding version of Windows 7 at little or no cost to customers. The Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program will be available until January 31st, 2010 – and is global! For more information on taking advantage of the Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program, visit www.windows.com/upgradeoffer.

The estimated retail prices for upgrade packaged retail product of Windows 7 in the U.S. are:

•Windows 7 Home Premium (Upgrade): $119.99
•Windows 7 Professional (Upgrade): $199.99
•Windows 7 Ultimate (Upgrade): $219.99

And the estimated retail prices for full packaged retail product of Windows 7 in the U.S. are:

•Windows 7 Home Premium (Full): $199.99
•Windows 7 Professional (Full): $299.99
•Windows 7 Ultimate (Full): $319.99

As a way of saying thank you to their loyal Windows customers, Microsoft has introduced a special time limited offer, for people in select markets. They will have the opportunity to pre-order Windows 7 at a more than 50% discount.

Source : Microsoft’s Windows Team Blog.


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