Microsoft and its partners have started to take pre-orders on Windows 7, the company's next operating system, and according to first hand accounts, things are going rather well for the successor to Vista.
The software giant's online store has apparently been submerged by a significant number of visitors and issued a statement saying that "it is possible that you are now experiencing difficulties reaching the Microsoft Store site. We kindly ask you to try again at a later time."
Windows 7 doesn't land until the 22nd of October but prospective customers can get the OS for as little as £44.97 for the Home Premium edition or £89.97 for the Professional version, both from Amazon with a mouth watering £105.02 discount for the first one and an equally attractive £130.02 rebate on the second.
The offer for discounted Windows 7 will be available until the 9th of August 2009 or until stocks last. It is also useful to underline the fact that Microsoft has yet to unveil a Windows 7 Family pack which contains three Home Premium Licences.
As a reminder, European users of Windows 7 will get the "E" edition which comes without Internet Explorer 8 and needs to be installed from afresh; customers are therefore strongly advised to backup everything including passwords and documents, before proceeding.
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Windows 7 is available as 64 and 32-bit editions. (ed: we've got reports that the Windows 7 Home Premium is already out of stock at Amazon). You can also buy the operating system from a number of other retailers as well including Argos, Tesco, Currys or Ebuyer.
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