Microsoft Outlines Windows 7 Upgrade Program (June 28, 2009) — Microsoft’s Windows 7 Upgrade Option has been started on select SKUs. Microsoft has finally announced the pricing and upgrade option details of its next major operating system Windows 7.

microsoft-windows-7Brandon LeBlanc, Windows Product communication manager, posted on the Official Windows Team Blog, that Windows 7 is headed towards General Availability (GA) on Oct. 22 in 14 languages. Following that, on Oct. 31, Microsoft will offer Windows 7 in 21 other languages.

Under Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program, consumers buying a new PC today onwards from the participating PC makers or channel partners with specific Windows Vista SKUs will be eligible for Windows 7 upgrade option.

However, consumer should be very clear about the term upgrade; it means that the buyer already owns a Windows copy on the new PC purchased from June 29 onwards. The Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program will be available till Jan. 31, 2010 globally. Consumers can redeem the program until the end February 2010.

For India, eight major OEMs that include HP, Dell, Sony, Lenovo, Acer, Toshiba, HCL and Wipro have participated in the Windows 7 Upgrade Option program.

Under this Upgrade Program, anyone who buys a new computer with Windows Vista Home Premium, Business or Ultimate preloaded from any of these OEMs or channel partners will receive a free upgrade to Windows 7 from Microsoft. For rest of the users, the Windows 7 upgrade pricing will be announced after Windows 7 becomes generally available on Oct. 22.

The estimated pricing for Windows 7 are as follows.

Windows 7 Home Premium: $120 for upgrade; $200 for full version,

Windows 7 Professional: $200 for upgrade; $300 for full version and

Windows 7 Ultimate: $220 for upgrade; $320 for full version.

The offer ends July 11 in the U.S. and Canada and on July 5 for Japan or while supplies last. Customers in the UK, France and Germany, can pre-order their copy of Windows 7 starting July 15 and will run until Aug. 14.

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