Online Leaks: Windows Anytime Upgrade and Windows 7 Family Pack Pricing
Article by George Norman
On 10 Jul 2009
Windows Anytime Upgrade (WAU) is a tool that Microsoft will reportedly make available once the Windows 7 operating system becomes generally available come October 22nd. With WAU the customer can seamlessly move from one version of Windows 7 (six in total, all superset on one another: Starter -> Home Basic -> Home Premium -> Professional -> Ultimate) to another because all versions are stored on the same disk. It is the product key that will tell the installer which Windows 7 version to install.

Retailer Expercom has leaked the pricing details of WAU on its website and so has retailer University IT Computer Sales:
Microsoft - Model 4WC-00040 $81.95
Microsoft - Model 7KC-00040 $90.95
Microsoft - Model 39C-00040 $137.95


Windows 7 Family Pack is an offering that Microsoft will reportedly roll out that will allow a customer to install one copy of the operating system on three computers. These are computers in the customer’s household that are used by various members of his family.

Info about how much a Windows 7 Family Pack upgrade will set you back has leaked as well: $136.95 for the Windows 7 Family Pack/ Home Premium according to Expercom and $144.95 for the same product according to University IT Computer Sales.

The one to uncover this interesting information is ZDNet’s Ed Bott, and he is pretty confident that the leak is accurate: “Both companies are reliable, if small, resellers, and one detail that makes the leak even more convincing is the UPC code attached to the University IT listing. A search of the UPC Database doesn’t turn up details for 882224898249 yet, but that prefix (88224) belongs to Microsoft. All of those prices seem thoroughly credible to me. Curiously, the one price missing is for Windows 7 Professional to Windows 7 Ultimate, which I expect to cost between $20 and $30.”

In related news, Microsoft has officialy detailed Windows 7 pricing late last month (details here).

Tags: Microsoft, Windows 7, Windows Family Pack, Windows Anytime Upgrade
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