Canadians will have to pay a little bit more than their Southern neighbors, but everyone can pre-order Windows 7 now

Microsoft's much anticipated Windows Vista successor grabbed headlines yesterday when it was revealed that Windows 7 would retail for slightly less than analysts expected.  The Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate Upgrade packages will retail for $119.99, $199.99 and $219.99 USD, respectively, on October 22, 2009.

However, as part of a two week promotion, early adopters may order the Home Premium and Professional Upgrade editions for just $49.99 and $99.99 respectively.

Microsoft claims the Windows 7 pre-orders available today are part of a limited offer. Pre-orders appear to be limited at just a few hundred copies per store, though Microsoft isn't saying exactly how many they'll take at this time.
Home Premium Upgrade
Professional Upgrade
Canadian adopters may also participate in the pre-order, though at a slightly higher price. lists the Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade for $64.99 CAD, or approximately $56 USD.  The Professional Upgrade runs for $124.99 CAD, or about $108 USD.

In addition, Microsoft is also taking preorders of the Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade and the Ultimate Standalone Editions in the U.S., but without the cushy discount of the Pro and Home Editions.

Update June 26, 2009: Amazon has also decided to release Ultimate Upgrade and Ultimate Standalone pre-orders for Canada, though neither version offers a discount from the U.S. version or the final retail pricing.

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