Ed Bott has been doing some sleuthing in the license agreements contained in beta builds of retail versions of Windows 7 Home Premium and spotted an interesting cluse:
“If you are a ‘Qualified Family Pack User’, you may install one copy of the software marked as ‘Family Pack’ on three computers in your household for use by people who reside there.”
Microsoft is, of course, enamored of 3 copy "family pack" discounts as witnessed by the now defunct Windows Live OneCare and the Microsoft Office Home and Student edition, but Windows is a different commodity since it is rarely purchased at retail – it usually comes with a PC.
While a Windows 7 family pack might make sense for the few folks still into assembling their own systems, it’s hard to see why Microsoft would bother with an offer like this unless it were to sell a family pack of upgrades to Windows 7 from Vista. If priced correctly that would partially ameliorate my complaint that Windows 7 upgrades should be free for current Vista users.