Best Buy memo details Microsoft Win 7 upgrade program, upgrade pricing

Summary:Microsoft officials may not be ready to share the date of the Vista-to-Windows 7 upgrade program they preannounced this week. But Best Buy is.

Microsoft officials may not be ready to share the date of the Vista-to-Windows 7 upgrade program they preannounced this week. But Best Buy is.

A Best Buy memo obtained by Engadget has the details of the program, as well as the start date. As the tech enthusiast site TechARP reported earlier this year, the program will kick off on June 26.

Customers who buy Vista PCs between June 26 and the Windows 7 launch day (October 22) will get a free upgrade copy of Windows 7, according to the memo.

But wait: There's more. Starting June 26 there also will be a presell program kicking off at Best Buy, via which Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade copies can be ordered for $49.95 and Windows 7 Professional Upgrade copies for $99.99. (Note: These are upgrade license prices, not the price for a brand-new retail version of Windows 7. Microsoft still hasn't released officially any Windows 7 price lists. )

Microsoft also confirmed the company is taking pre-orders from its volume licensees for WIndows 7, but wouldn't confirm that they are allegedly charging them $77 per copy for their Windows 7 upgrades.

What do you think of these upgrade prices? Cheap enough to entice you to move to Windows 7?

Topics: Operating Systems, Microsoft, Software, Windows

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