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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 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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RE: Big Deal.
By dark matter on 9/18/2009 2:16:42 PM , Rating: 5
I guess you miss his point.

You would rather obtain an illegal copy for free then ask your university for a legal copy for free?

No wonder our jobs are being outsourced with such sharp minds our students have.

RE: Big Deal.
By TomZ on 9/18/2009 2:50:32 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, not to mention the ethics of the students...

RE: Big Deal.
By mindless1 on 9/18/2009 3:09:42 PM , Rating: 1
Getting it off TPB is illegal but not unethical if they could also get it free another way legally.

RE: Big Deal.
By Suntan on 9/18/2009 3:28:25 PM , Rating: 2
So I can go to the store and steal any and all of the food I see that I could otherwise “plant and grow” for free?


RE: Big Deal.
By 67STANG on 9/18/2009 6:43:33 PM , Rating: 4
Your comparison is apples and oranges.

RE: Big Deal.
By seamonkey79 on 9/20/2009 10:13:02 AM , Rating: 2
Not really, but I suppose if you have no moral compass, one could see it that way.

RE: Big Deal.
By Taft12 on 9/21/2009 10:16:49 AM , Rating: 2
Fallacy, and shame on you because I'll bet you already knew it.

"Plant and grow" is not free and stealing food deprives the storeowner of a physical asset.

This is why illegal copying is not and never will be tantamount to stealing . I am not trying to say it is not unethical, just different.

RE: Big Deal.
By TomZ on 9/18/2009 4:41:34 PM , Rating: 4
Getting it off TPB is illegal but not unethical if they could also get it free another way legally.
You have an interesting view of ethics.

RE: Big Deal.
By mindless1 on 9/18/09, Rating: -1
RE: Big Deal.
By dark matter on 9/19/2009 7:05:53 AM , Rating: 3
Dude, seriously, if filling out a form is too complicated or finding out who and where to go to obtain it too much hard work can I take your real name so I never ever make the mistake of giving you a job.

RE: Big Deal.
By 67STANG on 9/18/2009 6:53:59 PM , Rating: 1
I didn't miss his point... Not all students can get free copies from their school. Also, it's much easier and faster just to download something than to requisition it-- ethics aside. The school I went to had a single copy of XP Pro floating around the campus that had to be installed on at least 300 different computers.

Also, "Sharp minds" have nothing to do with outsourcing-- economics does.

RE: Big Deal.
By seamonkey79 on 9/20/2009 11:48:25 PM , Rating: 3
"Ethics aside" is a major problem with colleges nowadays...

"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan

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