April 6, 2010

Microsoft Drops Windows 7 Upgrade Pricing

Microsoft is dropping Windows 7 upgrade pricing by as much as 35 percent, hoping to tempt users of Windows 7 Starter or Home Basic to step up to the big leagues.

Microsoft has announced it is dropping the pricing of Windows 7 upgrades by as much as 35 percent, hoping to entice some folks who have PCs with entry-level versions of Windows 7 (like Windows 7 Starter on a netbook) will step up to a spiffier version of Windows. The new upgrade pricing applies to Windows Anytime Upgrade, meaning that only existing Windows 7 users are eligible: the discounts do not apply to users looking to upgrade Windows XP or Vista to Windows 7.

Under the new pricing, Windows 7 Starter user can upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium for $49.99 instead of $79.99. Users of Windows 7 Home Premium can step up to Windows 7 Professional for $79.99, down from $89.99.

Microsoft says the offer will be available from participating retailers in the U.S. until July 3; Microsoft describes the offer’s availability in other markets as being “for a limited time.”

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