Microsoft hikes Win7 prices for Australia

Microsoft hikes Win7 prices for Australia

Summary: Australian buyers of Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7 operating system will pay between AU$50 and AU$150 more in real terms than US residents for the software, the company revealed this morning.


Australian buyers of Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7 operating system will pay between AU$50 and AU$150 more in real terms than US residents for the software, the company revealed this morning.

The most popular version of Windows 7 is likely to be the full Home Premium version, which has an estimated retail price of US$199.99, or AU$248. But Australians will pay AU$299 for the software. Microsoft has cut that amount down by AU$50 compared to the same version of Windows Vista.

Australians will pay AU$199 to upgrade from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium, whereas Americans will only pay US$119.99, or approximately AU$149.

The Professional version of Windows 7 will come with an even higher cost.

Australian users will pay AU$449 for the full retail version of Windows 7 Professional, whereas Americans will pay US$299.99, or AU$372. And Australians will pay AU$399.99 to upgrade to Windows 7 Professional, whereas Americans will pay US$199.99 or AU$248.

The ultimate version of Windows 7 will go for AU$469 in Australia, or AU$429 for an upgrade, compared to the respective US prices of US$319.99 (AU$397.03) and US$219.99 (AU$273.38). Microsoft has hiked the prices of Windows 7 Ultimate slightly compared to Vista Ultimate.

Broadly speaking, Australian prices for Windows 7 remain on par with their Vista equivalents, albeit with some small changes around the Home Premium and Ultimate versions.

"Our prices vary by region and are determined based on a variety of market specific factors including, but not limited to exchange rate, local taxes, duties, local market conditions and retailer pricing decisions," said a Microsoft spokesperson via email.

Microsoft is not the only software vendor to slug Australians with higher prices than their US counterparts for the same software; Adobe's estimated local prices for its Creative Suite 4 package follow the same model.

Microsoft globally has also announced a limited pre-order program for Windows 7, under which customers in the US, Canada and Japan will be able to get the software at more than 50 per cent discount; but no such program has yet been announced in Australia.

Microsoft has also announced that customers who purchase PCs with Vista Home Premium, Business or Ultimate versions from today will be able to upgrade to Windows 7 "for little or no cost" when it launches on 22 October. This upgrade option will run until 31 January 2010, with buyers being able to redeem it until the end of February, Microsoft said.

Hewlett-Packard announced this morning it would be participating in the offer, and would start offering Windows 7 on PCs starting from 22 October.

All prices listed are estimated retail prices.

Topics: Windows, Hewlett-Packard, Software

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  • A good alternative

    I find OSX a good alternative to any version of Windows, at a fraction of the cost (in dollars and time). Of course this is ruled out if you have to run applications that are only available for Windows. MS Office for Mac is remarkably compatible with the Windows version. I use a Mac in an otherwise all-Windows office and have almost no problems. Some will argue that the premium for Apple hardware is too high. People make their own decisions on that. I don't want to start a fruitless Apple/MS flame-war, just to say that there is a choice.
  • MS is not alone in Oz pricing ripoff

    I'm afraid that this does not surprise me. I mean everyone can see that in Australia we are always charged more for everything. Be it Adobe software, books, computers, virtually anything. I have heared numerous arguments as to why but all failed to convince me.

    I prefer to purchase items online and in case of software - download version - this way reduce price further by not paying shipping charges. What is trully discusting though that companies like MS and Adobe go to great lengths to prevent you from purchasing their software online at overseas prices.

    Need more competition.
  • Re: MS is not alone in Oz pricing ripoff

    I completely agree.

    Any news on a family license?
  • Vista upgrade

    I find the Vista upgrade cost (e.g. $200) a bit rich for loyal Vista users who have persisted with a pre-release piece of software to only be charged again for a fixed version!

    Vista users should be upgrading for $50 max!

    Looks like I will shelf my planned Vista to Win 7 upgrade now.
  • Another M$ RIP OFF

    They just convinced me to upgrade to UBUNTU.
    Canonical shipped me 2 CD's for absolutely ZERO cost.
    Why would I want to BUY! W7? & put up with the nagging M$ validation process, day after day and the endless patches to make it secure.
  • I agree . . . and what about VU users?

    Well said and I agree! Upgrades from Vista should have been cheaper than upgrades from earlier OSes. What's more, there should have been a very special price for upgrades from VU to make-up for the non-fulfilment of promised specials and extras. Overall, W7 is already very disappointing.
  • Win7 Pricing

    Well done Microsoft how do you convert the masses to open source charge Aus only excess.

    Open source here I come.
  • Oz costs more

    maybe we pay more because we are paid more an have one of the highest standards of livimg in the world ?
  • Ubuntu

    The excellent Mint 7 system based on Ubuntu is the way to go. I just bought a new notebook, powdered it up and the first thing I noticed was a bloody big Virus, I think it was called Vista. anyway re formatted and installed Mint. best thing ever. and it boots up in seconds, not minutes. give it a try, its free and you have nothing to loose. it will even see your windowz system and let you duel boot.
  • OSucks

    You're kidding right? The extreme cost of having to repurchase all of your software let alone the extortionate cost of apple hardware makes your argument completely void. As for the time thing, having to relearn how to do stuff when limited to the mac mentality (you do it apple's way or you don't do it at all) takes a long time and lots of effort.
    I've been trying to get used to OSX for the past couple of months, and while I'm moderately capable there is no way that it saves time. Even doing the most simple tasks takes more mouse clicks or having to remember cryptic key combos with 3 keys.
    You my friend have been drinking the apple cool-aid far too deeply if you think OSX is any sort of practical alternative to the OS that 90% of people use.
    Odd too that apple has lost the pwn-to-own competition 2 years running.

    That said, MS needs to rethink its pricing BIG time. The upgrade cost should be $99 for anyone running Vista (though I've never had a mooment's trouble with vista) and the full version an extra $50 on top of that (based on the home premium version).
  • Apple

    OSX may be an excellent alternate choice, the problem it requries a significant outlay of money to buy the specific hardware necessary to support the OS.
  • Ubuntu not that great

    Ubuntu has to many annoying things to be a good os. You'll be using the terminal all day and how long before you get sick of sudo.
  • Here's a suggestion...

    Instead of paying what I'll call the "Aussie tax", can't you just try and import a copy from the US?

    Once you factor in the exchange rate, shipping and postage it could work out to be cheaper.
  • Corel sells online to Australia, at inflated prices

    As soon as you type in an Australia address, the prices hikes to AU$ ~=~ US$ x 2, not the US$ x Exchange rate.

    Had OZ resellers to support!

    EastWest, makers of software music instrument libraries, sell to anyone in the world, even undercutting their Australian subordinate.
    No all software houses believe in a false country differential.
  • Hopefully there will be healthy competition for pricing

  • Australia Tax

    This sucks, I sent the URL to my local member for what it's worth.

  • oh well

    I'm happy with my Unibody Mac when i seen vista i bought a mac and never looked back, i work in IT and design quite large scale infrastructures (ESX/XEN) and only have to use windows when i need to use the VI Client apart from that my mac does everything with aplomb.

    some might say apple computers cost more .... i say use one! it's worth the extra 300$, think about it.... the Vista top of the line OS is a quarter of the price of my MacBook! yet OSX does more.

    I think apple charges around $40-$50 to upgrade to Snow Leopard when it's out? think about it .. i have this macbook since the day they came out now after a year and half i will spend $82 on 2x2GB memory sticks and $40-$50 on the new OS and will get another 2 years out of it so overall for $2000 you get 4 years of trouble free computing with no extra money to spend on antivirus and other crap.

    Microsoft don't give a crap about home users as over 50percent pirate their OS, they make their money from the corporate environment ....
  • Microsoft Should Reward Vista Users with a FREE upgrade

    M$ should make the upgrade from Vista to W7 FREE due to the "money grab software" they inflicted on the world in the guise of a new & advanced OS. Haaaaaaaa

    The Software Industry is the only industry I know of where you can produce a sub-standard product then charge the users for the repeated fixes required to correct the last snafu.

    By the way M$ I'll decide how I want to configure my OS not you - whether I do correctly or not is my concern.

    If u want to inflict your total control on a PC then call the OS something else - Windows Controlled, Windows Family, Windows Personal but keep that crap out of the commercial user space.

    Not I'm not a Penguin fanboy - but looking anyway.
  • W7 Disappointing?

    Im curious to why you would say that. I have been using the RC since its release and have been completely blown away.

    From the ease of installation to compatibility with all my hardware to usability I have been pleasantly surprised.

    I think it is that good, I installed the 64bit RC on my new laptop taking advantage of the full 4 gig of ram. To my surprise, because I created a 'Homegroup' on my desktop PC, it conveniently connected to all shares and even installed the printer driver during the install. Nice touch.

    Will I buy it for the full price? Yes. Will I like spending 469$ on the OS? OF course not!
  • Ubuntu = $0

    ubuntu minimum system requirements

    128 megabytes RAM
    2 gigabytes hard drive space
    pentium 100

    you could get your hands on an old computer at the dump or from a mate and install ubuntu on it for free. Why fork out hundreds or thousands of dollars to do facebook and word processing? which is what most computer users do (excluding gamers)