Microsoft to charge Europeans double for Windows 7

European customers will pay up to twice as much for Windows 7 compared to U.S. users, even though the new operating system will ship without a browser in Europe, according to Microsoft.

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When the company launches Windows 7 on Oct. 22, it will price Windows 7 Home Premium, likely the most popular of the three editions available at retail, at €119.99 in the European Union & charge £79.99 in the U.K., an EU member that has retained its own currency. Those prices are the equivalent to $168.66 and $132.14 U.S., respectively, at Saturday’s exchange rates.

U.S. consumers will pay only $119 for the same software after a two-week pre-order sales discount expires July 11. That means EU residents will pay 41% more, and U.K. consumers 10% more, than U.S. buyers for Home Premium Upgrade.

Other editions will come with an even higher surcharge, reports ComputerWorld.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. He enjoys following and reporting Microsoft news and developments in the world of Personal Computing & Social Media.

2 Comments

  1. Alan Evans

    So what’s new, MS has been over charging the EU area for years. The only difference here is the UK is not going to be chatged DOUBLE the USA price. This is what the EU Parliament should be really looking at!!!!!

  2. Michael Kenward

    What did I tell you?

    You Yanks certainly know how to win friends and influence people.

    Next time you start a war, don’t expect us to come to your rescue.

    Sheesh.

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