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Windows 7 twice as expensive in US than in UK

updated 09:55 am EDT, Wed August 19, 2009

UK Windows 7 at half price

Copies of Windows 7 Home Premium in the UK will cost half of what they do in the US, a Crave report found on Tuesday. Full versions of Windows 7 Home Premium will cost the equivalent of $107 (£65) to Brits, while Americans will have to pay $200 (£122). The difference is such that even an upgrade version will cost more in the US, at $120 (£72). Such a practice is unusual given historically high prices for technology in Britain.

Copies of Windows 7 are already being offered for pre-order by Amazon in the UK. The previously planned Windows 7 E version for Europe, which lacked any form of Internet browser, has been dropped and so isn't contributing to the price drop.

An Amazon spokesperson calls the pricing indefinite, while Microsoft hasn't explained the difference when asked. Some believe the software giant is honoring the promised pricing for Windows 7 E, which wouldn't have allowed direct upgrades from Windows XP or Vista. It's suspected that Microsoft will revert to regular prices at the start of 2010.

by MacNN Staff



  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Microsoft knows that

    people who live in the U.K. don't like to spend money on anything. They don't buy anything unless it's perceived to be a bargain and Windows is not a bargain at any price.

  1. rytc

    Joined: Dec 1969



    that would explain why the UK was one of the worst hit by the financial crisis - I had always though all those people with houses they couldn't afford and huge credit card debts had been buying stuff but I guess I was wrong...

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