Microsoft today performed a goofy blog-announce of the retail pricing of Windows 7 full copies and Windows 7 upgrades and the "good news" is that Windows 7 is slightly cheaper than equivalent versions of Vista. However, customers can save roughly 50% off the upgrade prices in some countries if they preorder in the next month or so at selected retailers (varies by country – e.g. June 26 through July 11 in the USA "while supplies last" at Best Buy, Amazon, and Microsoft Store).
I always enjoy a little hucksterism, but I have to wonder how enthusiastic owners of Vista PCs are going to be about laying out $120 (or $50 for the special preorder deal) for the most common upgrade of Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium? What’s the value proposition? How many of the few new Windows 7 features that aren’t simply Vista fixes do you really want to pay for?
Even worse off are the suckers who purchased Vista Ultimate which Microsoft wants $219 to upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate. Throw in a little more cash and you could get a netbook instead. Current Vista owners were the guinea pigs in a flawed Microsoft development process and instead of getting a service pack, they get a bill. Since they either slogged through the morass to make their systems usable (raise your hand if you turned off UAC) or suffered in silence, shouldn’t they get a little more consideration?
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