Family Pack deal coming to Windows 7 Home Premium

The pre-ordering deal for Windows 7 has been going on for a little while now, but there was still a few whispers flying around that there would be a family pack type deal coming for the upcoming operating system. This is all but confirmed now, as Kristan Kenney's Digital Life blog has revealed fine print in the latest build that hints at some details about such an offer.

In the Home Premium version of Windows 7, the Microsoft Software License Terms contain additional information about said deal, and how it would cover up to three computers in any one household. It states, "b. Family Pack. If you are a "Qualified Family Pack User," you may install one copy of the software marked as "Family Pack" on three computers in your household for use by people who reside there. Those computers are the "licensed computers" and are subject to these license terms. If you do not know whether you are a Qualified Family Pack User, visit go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Linkid=141399 or contact the Microsoft affiliate serving your country." This text is not found on any of the other versions, but it could potentially be added at a later date, of course, although it's doubtful.

Obviously, there has been no pricing revealed for this at all, but ZDNet is under the impression that it will set a family back about $189. Additionally, Ars Technica mentions that as this is found in the license terms, it's implied that it won't just be a limited time offer; you may remember that Microsoft offered a deal like this for Windows Vista Home Premium, but it only lasted from January 30, 2007 'til June 30, 2007. Ars also went ahead and asked Microsoft, but a spokesperson said that they had nothing to share right now, and that, "We continue to work with partners and expect other great deals in the future."

Stay vigilant for any more information on this as it surfaces, which surely won't be far away.

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It shouldn't be more that $150, right? Weren't pre-orders of Home Premium $49? $39 at Microcenter? 3 License's for $120 and they'll make a killing. $139 would also be ok. Anything less would give them a huge media boost!

Pretty sure those were upgrade prices not full retail prices -- I believe this would allow 3 full installations regardless of previous OS as opposed to the upgrade editions.

This will make a number of people very happy! A coworker of mine has a number of PC's and when I sent him the link the ZDNet blog today he was pretty happy to see this.

Hope they get some finalized and announced soon, it'll be some more good press for Win7.

What gets me is the general state of play with OS's compared to the rest of the market.
Really an OS should stay an OS, if you package extra tools into it, then they are FREE, they dont increase the price of the OS.

Bringing out a family pack idea, is basically a ripoff of what NIS (norton internet security) has been doing for a number of years already, and most likely a number of other software products, and when they brought this whole licensing in, it didnt really add that much to the price at all.
Out of curiosity I looked at AV software prices over the last 10 years, and guess what, its near enough the same price but for more users and more product. You basic AV now is anti spam, firewall, etc etc etc.
Now if MS just realized that if they just reduced the full blown cost of the OS, and that's all it is an OS, to a reasonable price, then your more than likely not going to have millions of illegal copies floating around.

Personally I would drop MS in an instant if Linux supported the DX and other game systems that only are supported on the MS platform, this would remove any requirement that I have for MS, and I think this is the case for about 50-75% of current home users as well.

Really for the cost of your upgrade, are you really getting value for money, remember this is an OS, not a system of applications. Reading this forum, you hear so much about all the extras that are being worked on, that will be used maybe never in the OS, but these all add to the price of you buying this OS. Personally after getting Vista and spending a fortune on that (EU pricing FTW), I see no possible justification of paying for a upgrade to Win7 at all.

Wow. Just...wow.

Buddy, read the article, and leave the rants for another time. This isn't about adding any feature, it's strictly a licensing deal.

yellowperil said,
What gets me is the general state of play with OS's compared to the rest of the market.
Really an OS should stay an OS, if you package extra tools into it, then they are FREE, they dont increase the price of the OS.

Bringing out a family pack idea, is basically a ripoff of what NIS (norton internet security) has been doing for a number of years already, and most likely a number of other software products, and when they brought this whole licensing in, it didnt really add that much to the price at all.
Out of curiosity I looked at AV software prices over the last 10 years, and guess what, its near enough the same price but for more users and more product. You basic AV now is anti spam, firewall, etc etc etc.
Now if MS just realized that if they just reduced the full blown cost of the OS, and that's all it is an OS, to a reasonable price, then your more than likely not going to have millions of illegal copies floating around.

Personally I would drop MS in an instant if Linux supported the DX and other game systems that only are supported on the MS platform, this would remove any requirement that I have for MS, and I think this is the case for about 50-75% of current home users as well.

Really for the cost of your upgrade, are you really getting value for money, remember this is an OS, not a system of applications. Reading this forum, you hear so much about all the extras that are being worked on, that will be used maybe never in the OS, but these all add to the price of you buying this OS. Personally after getting Vista and spending a fortune on that (EU pricing FTW), I see no possible justification of paying for a upgrade to Win7 at all.



Ripoff, my hind end.

What this is, basically, is multi-user pricing for families and home-based businesses, using the *excuse* that these users don't have access to small-business packages. Symantec is not the only software packed in group sales of as little as three copies; hasn't Apple sold their operating systems that way back at least to Tiger? (For those Linux distributions that are also sold on physical media, such as SuSE and RedHat, they are also sold in multi-packs, including Family Packs in both cases.) What is wanted is for Microsoft to follow the lead.

You're certainly entitled to your opinion; however, don't blame Microsoft for not sharing it (or the law-enforcement agencies when you get busted for piracy).

Wow, I love the concept, if my Dad lets me build him a new computer next year planned, I might take advantage of this and have 7 running on all the machines in the house for $200!

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