Microsoft unveils local Windows 7 pricing, upgrade program

From today customers can take advantage of Microsoft's Windows 7 upgrade offer

Microsoft Australia today released details of the Windows 7 upgrade program and its anticipated prices for Windows 7, for when it hits shelves on October 22.

Beginning today, the "Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program," lets customers who purchase a new Windows Vista PC between now and January 31 2010, upgrade to Windows 7 “for little or no cost.”

Buying a PC with Windows Vista Home Premium, Business or Ultimate from a participating retailer will get an upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate, when Microsoft ships the new OS.

Vice president for Windows consumer marketing, Brad Brooks, said on Microsoft’s Web site: "The Windows upgrade option for Windows 7 is something that we're bringing back from the Windows Vista era," in reference to the company’s 2006 offer to keep Windows XP sales going.

Windows 7 upgrade pricing:
  • Home Premium: $199

  • Professional: $399

  • Ultimate: $429 (Vista costs $399)

Windows 7 pricing:
  • Home Premium: $299

  • Professional: $449

  • Ultimate: $429

PC manufacturer Hewlett-Packard announced today that it will provide the Windows 7 upgrade to eligible customers free of charge.

Other PC manufacturers, including Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba, are listed on Microsoft's upgrade Web site with laptops available that qualify for a free or discounted Windows 7 upgrade.

Microsoft are also touting the Windows 7 upgrade offer in combination with the federal government’s Education Tax Refund (ETR), which allows eligible parents of school children to claim up to 50 percent back on education expenses, including PCs.

The upgrade offer can be redeemed up until the end of February 2010.

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