Microsoft is set to release a special package called Windows 7 Family pack which will allow users to install Windows 7 Home Premium on up to three computers in a household.
A handful of US sellers, including eCost and Buy.com, have listed the product which bears the stock keeping unit string "GFC-00236" and is presented as a Microsoft Windows 7 Family Pack / Windows Home Premium Upgrade bundle.
Available for around $140, it is expected to be sold as an upgrade to an existing Windows installation. The problem that arises is that Microsoft is tied by the agreement it has brokered with the European Commission.
This forbids the company from releasing upgrades that contain Internet Explorer 8 in the EU. This is why therefore, Windows 7 operating systems sold in Europe have to be installed from a clean computer, rather than on an existing platform.
So the question now is whether Microsoft will have a separate Windows 7 Family package for Europe or if it will give discounts for punters buying three Windows 7 Licenses.
Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade costs $120 in the US, just $20 cheaper than a bundle that could potentially give you two more licenses.
Interestingly, the price of Windows Home Premium will rise from £49.99 to £79.99 after the 9th of August, shooting to £149.99 by the end of December 2009.
This is exactly three times the price of the promotional Windows Home Premium package. Will Microsoft therefore do us a favour and introduce a three-for-one license bundle for home users?
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Like mentioned before, I'd be particularly pleased if Microsoft introduced something similar to Apple's Mac OS X v10.5.6 Leopard Family Pack which allows you to install the OS on 5 computers for £126.
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