Windows 7: Students and Parties
Article by George Norman
On 22 Sep 2009
Precisely one month from today, on the 22nd of October, the next iteration of the Windows-based operating system will hit General Availability (GA) status. This means that in one month’s time you will be able to purchase Windows 7 from, well, pretty much anywhere. Since Windows 7 is a properly good operating system, vastly superior to Vista, people are anxious to get it. This includes college and university students.

College and university students don’t have or can’t afford to spend a lot of money on operating systems and Microsoft is well aware of this fact. Consequently it cut the cost of Windows 7 from $120 to $30. The offer is available until January 3rd, 2010 and is meant for the student that does not want to purchase a new PC anytime soon.


Windows Communications Manager on the Windows Client Communications Team, Brandon LeBlanc, comments: “For a limited time, we are offering the LOWEST PRICE ($29.99 in the US) for Windows 7 exclusively to college and university students. Students in the US can pre-order their copy of Windows 7 in the US starting today and students in the UK can pre-order their copy beginning on September 30th (pre-ordered copies will be available for download beginning October 22nd). Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Korea and Mexico can participate in this offer on October 22nd (Windows 7 GA).”

You can learn more about this limited time offer and see if you are eligible, visit Win741.

If this info has got you in such a good mood that you feel like partying, here are some Windows7/party related news: on the 22nd of October, a select few will host Windows 7 Launch Parties. Microsoft announced this initiative earlier this month and quite a few people signed up. Microsoft is now responding by sending out emails to those who signed up to host a Launch Party. Not everyone who signed up, just the finalists.

Brandon LeBlanc again: “If you signed up to host a Launch Party and receive the host finalist email, please read the email carefully. Receiving the finalist email doesn’t mean you’ve been accepted to host just yet. You will need to be among the first to respond via a link within your email to be confirmed as a host. This extra step is needed due to the amazing response we’ve had from people interested in hosting a Launch Party. Spots to host a Launch Party are limited so we want to make sure folks who signed up are still able to host. After responding to the finalist email and confirming, you will then receive a confirmation email. You’ll then be able to begin planning your Launch Party and sending out invites!”

If you did not make the finalists list, or if your country was not on the qualifying list and thus you could not sign up to host a Launch Party, you can still host a gathering of your own. Microsoft provides Windows 7 tips, content, demos, and training here.

Here is how the finalist mail looks like, via Windows7News

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