Windows 7 may come with a Steep Price
So far most of my predictions about Windows 7 have been right on the money. Microsoft has scaled back the number of versions. Computer manufactures confirm they’ll have Windows7 installed on machines in time for Christmas. Unfortunately, the one thing I may have been wrong about was the price. I expected the price of Windows to come down but I was too optimistic. The best thing going for any “I’m a PC” campaign is price yet Microsoft seems to think if Apple can gouge customers they can too.
Did anyone tell Microsoft we’re in an economic crisis? Brisk PC sales could really help the economy but if the cost of the OS is over 25% of the total PC price we’re in trouble. Worse yet, the high cost of Windows could impact the single most requested add-on to any purchase which is Microsoft Office.
So far Microsoft hasn’t officially announced pricing. You may have seen reports of leaks by folks at Dell Computer but they’re not the only one I’ve talked to who is concerned. Sources outside the U.S. have also reported that Windows 7 will require a larger investment than Vista. Reports say prices may range from $199 to $319 USD. OEM’s I’ve talked to say Windows 7 Home Premium will be their default package.
There is some good news. Most new machines won’t require any upgrades to run Windows 7. The Windows 7 compatibility program is likely to be more successful. That means there will be less expense upgrading to new hardware and software.
Microsoft has adjusted their original product line description and removed the 3 application limit for the Windows 7 Starter edition
Windows 7 Starter (Review by Ed Bott)
- Broad app and device compatibility with up to
3 concurrent applications
- Safe, reliable, and supported
- Ability to join a Home Group
- Improved taskbar and JumpLists
Windows 7 Home Basic (may not be available in U.S.)
- Live Thumbnail Previews & enhanced visual experience
- Advanced networking support (ad-hoc wireless networks and internet connection sharing)
- Mobility Center
Windows 7 Home Premium (Chris Pirillo: Microsoft crippling Windows 7 Home Premium)
- Aero Glass & advanced windows navigation
- Easy networking & sharing across all your PCs & devices
- Improved media format support, enhancements to Windows Media Center and media streaming, including Play To
- Multi-touch and improved handwriting recognition
Windows 7 Professional (Business)
- Ability to join a managed network with Domain Join
- Protect data with advanced network backup and Encrypting File System
- Print to the right printer at home or work with Location Aware Printing
- Windows XP Compatibility Mode
Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate
- BitLocker data protection on internal and external drives
- DirectAccess provides seamless connectivity to your corporate network.
(requires Windows Server 2008 R2)
- Decrease time branch office workers wait to open file across the network with BranchCache. (requires Windows Server 2008 R2)
- Prevent unauthorized software from running with AppLocker
- Windows XP Compatibility Mode
Ultimate includes all Enterprise and all Home Premium features, including multi-language packs. Windows 7 Enterprise is available only through Microsoft Volume Licensing
According to a survey by Windows 7 News 46% of their readers say their choice will be Windows Ultimate. 25% want Windows Home Premium and 16% say Windows 7 Professional.
Hopefully, the high price leaks were done on purpose to lessen the blow when introductory prices are officially announced. There’s the optimist in me coming out again!