We knew Windows 7's release date (October 22), and we knew the retail launch will center on three editions (Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate). One crucial piece of the puzzle was still missing: price. Earlier this morning, Microsoft made that information public through the Windows 7 Team Blog.
Straight from the horse's mouth, here's what you can expect to pay for full, retail-boxed editions of Windows 7:
Windows 7 Home Premium (Full): $199.99 Windows 7 Professional (Full): $299.99 Windows 7 Ultimate (Full): $319.99
And here's how much Microsoft will charge for upgrades:
Windows 7 Home Premium (Upgrade): $119.99 Windows 7 Professional (Upgrade): $199.99 Windows 7 Ultimate (Upgrade): $219.99
The company points out Windows 7 Home Premium will cost a little less than Windows Vista Home Premium. Indeed, a full copy of Vista Home Premium still sets you back $225 at Newegg today.
Things will be a little bit different in Europe. We already know EU-targeted editions of Windows 7 (dubbed Windows 7 E) won't come with Internet Explorer pre-installed. Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc adds that the Windows team doesn't have time to get upgrade versions of Windows 7 E ready for the launch, "so in Europe we're going to basically offer Windows 7 E full version at upgrade prices."
What if you need a PC today? From tomorrow until January 31, 2010, Microsoft says people who buy computers from participating PC vendors or retailers will get a Windows 7 upgrade "at little or no cost." You can head over to windows.com/upgradeoffer tomorrow to learn more.
Also, the post says folks "in select markets" who shop at "select retail partners" will get to pre-order Windows 7 at less than half price starting tomorrow. The full blog post has more details.