Microosft has released more information about the launch of Windows 7, the software giant says the operating system will be available on October 22nd in 14 languages, and another 21 languages will follow on October 31st.
On October 22nd, Windows 7 will be available in the following 14 languages: English, Spanish, Japanese, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Chinese (Hong Kong).
Then on October 31st, the remaining 21 languages will become available: Turkish, Czech, Portuguese, Hungarian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Greek, Ukrainian, Romanian, Arabic, Lithuanian, Bulgarian, Estonian, Slovenian, Hebrew, Thai, Croatian, Serbian Latin, and Latvian.
Windows 7 Upgrade Program
Details about the Windows 7 Upgrade Option were also revealed, this program kicks off on June 26th and gives anyone who buys a PC with Windows Vista Home Premium, Business or Ultimate from a participating OEM or retailer the option to upgrade for free or at a little cost to the corresponding version of Windows 7. More details at Microsoft.
Windows 7 price list:
Next is a list of the estimated Windows 7 prices. The Home Premium upgrade is $10 cheaper than the price of the corresponding Vista version, while the full version of Home Premium is $40 cheaper.
The estimated retail prices for upgrade packaged retail product of Windows 7 in the U.S. are:
Windows 7 Home Premium (Upgrade): $119.99
Windows 7 Professional (Upgrade): $199.99
Windows 7 Ultimate (Upgrade): $219.99
And the estimated retail prices for full packaged retail product of Windows 7 in the U.S. are:
Windows 7 Home Premium (Full): $199.99
Windows 7 Professional (Full): $299.99
Windows 7 Ultimate (Full): $319.99
Big discounts on Windows 7 preorders:
What makes it even more interesting is that Microsoft is offering discounts of over 50% on preorders in the US and some other countries. Customers will be able to get Windows 7 Home Premium for just $49.99 and the Professional edition for $99.99:
Finally, as a way of saying thank you to our loyal Windows customers, we are excited to introduce a special time limited offer! We will offer people in select markets the opportunity to pre-order Windows 7 at a more than 50% discount. In the US, this will mean you can pre-order Windows 7 Home Premium for USD $49.99 or Windows 7 Professional for USD $99.99. You can take advantage of this special offer online via select retail partners such as Best Buy or Amazon, or the online Microsoft Store (in participating markets).
This program begins tomorrow in the U.S., Canada and Japan. The offer ends July 11th in the U.S. and Canada and on July 5th for Japan or while supplies last. Customers in the UK, France and Germany, can pre-order their copy of Windows 7 starting July 15th and will run until August 14th (or supplies last) to ensure folks don’t miss out on this. Act fast if you want to be the first in line to get Windows 7 at this screaming deal! Note: The special low pre-order price will vary per country.
No upgrade edition in Europe:
Due to Microsoft's decision to ship Windows 7 without Internet Explorer in Europe the company decided it will not offer upgrade editions in Europe, to avoid possible compatibility issues. Instead, Europeans will be able to purchase full versions at "upgrade prices".
As Brad describes in the video, for Europe, we will not have a separate upgrade SKU for the packaged retail product versions of Windows 7 at GA. But we will be offering upgrade pricing on our full licenses to make sure that European customers who want to upgrade have the pricing options available in the rest of the world.