Blighty customers see some Windows 7 prices halved
US punters required to stump up more greenbacks
Amazon UK is punting the full version of Windows 7 Home Premium at half the price it's selling for in the US, and scoring a healthy amount of publicity to boot.
The retailer is heavily trailing Microsoft's forthcoming operating system on its homepage. The Windows 7 Home Premium edition can be scooped up for around £65, which is 57 per cent cheaper than the recommended retail price of £149.99.
Redmond's latest operating system isn't available until 22 October, but consumers have been able to preorder the software since last month.
Meanwhile, our American cousins are expected to stump up $119 (£72) for an upgrade version of the OS. A full copy of Windows 7 Home Premium will set them back around $200 (£122) over at Amazon.com.
Microsoft's UK store hopes to grab a few more pence from its Blighty customers. It's currently flogging the OS for £79.99.
But for those on the hunt for a free copy of Windows 7, users have until tomorrow to download the Release Candidate version of the operating system. After that, Microsoft will shut up its test shop in readiness for the OS's official release.
Of course, that won't stop people pootling along to a BitTorrent tracker site where they'll be able to grab the RC version, and soon perhaps even a copy of the complete OS after it hits the shelves. ®
"I didn't like win 7 so i bought a macbook"
Nice to have that kind of money lying around I guess.
But in terms of a step backward, you bought a laptop with one mouse button?
Indeed, it's always interesting what people will pay to feel *modern*, when in the end their technical prowess basically does little but cause more money spent on hardware and software to do the same things they've been doing for years.
Once we were rid of the win9x bluescreens, paying tribute to Redmond gets a little long in the tooth. Fair enough if it doesn't add much if anything to the cost of an OEM box to have it come with the current OS, but all the talk of buying new licenses for existing hardware is madness. Either you can get XP and Vista to work, or the OS isn't the problem.
After running windows 7 RC for a few months, I finally decided I'd had it with windows.
Whilst I considered it a step in the right direction, after the Vista debacle, it also felt like a step backwards - basically, it's Vista done right, which was effectively a reskinned XP with a telly tubby interface.
So I went and got a Mac Book Pro and am converted.