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Microsoft to offer upgrades to Windows 7 for $30 to college students.
Its a good time to be a student, thanks in part to a sweet Windows 7 discount from Microsoft

Windows 7 is getting closer to its October 22 launch date.  With improved security, better compatibility, and a slick new look, the OS should please owners of both powerful and underpowered machines alike.  Microsoft has already offered hot pre-order deals, but now it has announced its sweetest deal of them all.

Students with a valid student email address are eligible to get a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional, 32-bit or 64-bit (your choice, presumably some might pick the lighter Home Premium for netbooks) for a mere $30.  And with one announcement, Microsoft has essentially matched Apple's OS price point for one of its most pivotal demographics -- students.

Apple beat Windows 7 to the market and has been loudly trumpeting that its Snow Leopard -- priced at $29 per license -- beats Windows 7 in prices.  However, students in the U.S., U.K, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Korea and Mexico will now have their pick between the two competitors at virtually identical prices.

With Snow Leopard, students will get several key improvements (virtually all of Apple's core software was fine-tuned and sped up), but the release falls somewhere between a full Windows OS release and a Windows Service Pack.  For an equivalent price they can get Windows 7, a full OS release packing many features that have drawn rave reviews from early adopters.  The deal is sweet for users of traditional PC hardware and Macs alike, as even Mac users can take advantage of it to equip their Boot Camp Macs with Windows 7 for gaming and Windows-favored activities.

The deal is found on the win741.com site, a recently launched site from Microsoft, which calls the offer "too sweet to pass up."  The site proclaims, "For a limited time, eligible college students can get the sweetest deal on Windows 7 - for only $29.99 USD.  That's less than most of your textbooks! Hurry -- offer ends January 3, 2010 and 12 a.m. CST."

One major appeal of the deal is that with Windows 7 and a netbook, students get about the most portable and affordable bundle possible for a fully functional computer.

The move seems a smart one, given that Apple does have Microsoft beat on standard prices, with a copy of Home Premium (upgrade) retailing for $120 and $200 for a Professional upgrade (versus $29 for Snow Leopard).  With the price bar set nearly four times as high as Apple's, the pressure is on Microsoft to deliver a dynamite product -- which indications show it will.

Still, Snow Leopard's aggressive pricing has caused it to double the initial sales of its predecessor, Leopard, and quadruple the sales of Tiger.  Apple has also been much more aggressive in targeting school children, with programs such as "Field Trip to the Apple Store" in the U.S. and Canada.  Many schools continue to use Mac computers primarily.  All of this bodes well for Apple's long term success.  However, Microsoft is at last making a legitimate bid to seize this important demographic from Apple.



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Moot point...
By jonmcc33 on 9/18/2009 1:50:25 PM , Rating: 2
Most people do not upgrade on their own. Not to mention upgrading an OS is mostly discouraged as you inherit any of the problems you might have had with the previous OS.

So even for a full price license you are still looking at a cheaper PC with Windows 7 as compared against a Mac with OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.




RE: Moot point...
By dark matter on 9/18/2009 2:27:57 PM , Rating: 2
Well you can't upgrade from XP. So it would have to be a clean install.

I don't know how you come to assume that a windows 7 machine is always going to be cheaper than a Mac with OSX. I can certainly build an expense machine from components.

Or maybe you are saying I would pay substantially more for those exact components merely because they have an Apple sticker on the front. Aaah, now I understand your post. Well done sir.


RE: Moot point...
By jonmcc33 on 9/20/2009 12:24:42 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Well you can't upgrade from XP. So it would have to be a clean install.


You can't upgrade from Windows 2000 to Windows Vista. Why would you go back 2 generations and try to upgrade? Can a Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger with a PowerPC CPU be upgraded to OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard? Didn't think so.

Windows 7 is and always has been an upgrade from Windows Vista.

quote:
I don't know how you come to assume that a windows 7 machine is always going to be cheaper than a Mac with OSX. I can certainly build an expense machine from components.


It's not an assumption. It's a fact. For the same components (CPU, RAM, HDD, video card) I can have a cheaper priced PC with Windows 7. If I want to go with the same price as a Mac then I can build a much better PC with Windows 7. I still can't believe their $2500 Mac Pro only comes with a single quad core CPU, 3GB RAM, 640GB HDD and a GeForce GT 120. For that same price I can have 2 Xeon quad cores, more than 2X the RAM, a 3TB in RAID 5 and a better video card.

Mac = waste of money.


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