On Friday, June 26th Microsoft kicked of a Windows 7 promotion that will end July 11th. In that time customers will be able to pre-order Windows 7 Home Premium Edition for $50 ($49.99). Stores participating in the promotion include Amazon.com, Best Buy, and you can order direct from Microsoft through their website. Also available at a temporary promotional price is the Professional version. That edition is available for pre-order at the discount price of $100 ($99.99).
Special pricing for Windows 7 applies only to the upgrade packages and not the full versions. The full versions of both Home Premium and Professional are available to pre-order, but must be purchased at full price.
Microsoft has also announced the full retail prices for Windows 7 when it becomes available in retail locations later this year. The Home Premium Edition will be $119.99 for the upgrade, with the full version costing $199.99. The Professional Edition upgrade will be sold full price for $199.99, with the full version running $299.99.
Microsoft’s decision to offer Windows 7 at a significantly discounted price if you pre-order is proving to be hugely popular, if Amazon.com is any way to judge. Since the announcement the Home Premium Edition has jumped to the number 1 selling item out of all products available in Amazon’s entire electronics catalog, not just software. The Professional edition also jumped substantially, landing in the number 2 spot among software products.
Here are some links to online retailers offering Windows 7 at the discounted prices for pre-order:
- Microsoft discounts Windows 7 article in Computer world
- Windows 7 pre-order a hit article on CNET News