Windows 7E pricing for limited time

After reporting that Microsoft will be charging up to twice as much for the full version of Windows 7E in Europe compared to Windows 7 in the United States, Microsoft was not charging more because of the anti-trust regulators in Europe.

Consumers can purchase an upgrade for as little as $199 in the U.S. whilst Europeans will pay €309 or $433.99 (US) for the full version.

Microsoft states the reason for the missing upgrade of Windows 7 is that Vista came with Internet Explorer 8 pre-installed, while Windows 7E will not. Due to complications, and a short notice to fix the IE8 problem, the upgrade versions are delayed. The European Union antitrust regulators have pressured Microsoft to ship a customized edition of Windows 7 in Europe without IE8. This will cause problems upgrading previous systems who have IE7 installed already, as for now, Microsoft does not have an upgrade edition of Windows 7E.

Microsoft released a limited time offer price on their full version of Windows 7E up until December 31, 2009, where consumers can purchase a copy of Windows 7E for the same price as U.S. consumers upgrade edition.

Now Europe will pay less for their version of Windows 7E full edition than people in the United States Windows 7 full edition.

Update: A change was made to the article about Microsoft responding to adjust prices, while there was no responses to the matter.

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daPhoenix said,
Perhaps because it takes quite a while for the wheels of bureaucracy to turn?

Most complaints take YEARS to get anywhere - there's plenty of examples from other businesses and other fields that take exactly the same amount of time to move forward.

And if you want to "get real" the only reason there's so much fuzz about it on Neowin and other forums is because every US based whiner is posting how "EU is evil! They should not tell US based businesses what to do waaa-waa-waambulance". They're ****ed because EU is finally flexing some muscle.


+1

FloatingFatMan said,
This statement is A COMPLETE LIE. Nobody is forcing MS to do the 7E version of Windows 7; Microsoft have taken that decision completely on their own.

Really? Did you just say that?

Microsoft was never actually FORCED into stripping IE8 from Windows 7E, but if they wish to not be sued for millions than they have to release another edition of Windows 7, without IE8.

I don't understand why this is so hard to understand? I honestly don't think Microsoft is going to suddenly change their operating system, and sell Windows 7E (specially named just for Europe) only in Europe. America isn't getting any Windows 7 retails without IE8.

daPhoenix said,
Perhaps because it takes quite a while for the wheels of bureaucracy to turn?

Most complaints take YEARS to get anywhere - there's plenty of examples from other businesses and other fields that take exactly the same amount of time to move forward.

And if you want to "get real" the only reason there's so much fuzz about it on Neowin and other forums is because every US based whiner is posting how "EU is evil! They should not tell US based businesses what to do waaa-waa-waambulance". They're ****ed because EU is finally flexing some muscle.



Ahh yes, you hit it right on the nail eh, "wheels of bureaucracy". Maybe I wouldn't call the EU evil, but it's a mess. And still can't seem to agree on much and when it does it's often way too late in the game.

I find it funny how you think only US based "whiners" are posting negative remarks about the EU, when quite a few actually live in Europe. Like I myself do.

Oh, and before they flex that mighty muscle you talk about, why don't they take a look at the shady business practices of their own companies while they're at it? I'm sure you are (or not) aware of.

but thats bull**** though... regardless of what country... it was MS error or problem in their code which wouldn't allow the IE to be included with Win7 so they charge the price of an entire operating system just to get it in by way of installing vista 1st? what if the user doesn't even want ie 8 to begin with? this sounds like major BS to me and i'm not in europe, usa as a mater of fact. we'd be royally ****ed if we had that crap shoved down our throats...

I can understand MS being bitter. The EU is being pathetic.

I don't want a list of outdated versions of Opera, Fx and god knows what else listed for me to choose when I install Windows. If I want Fx I will use IE8 to download it. ****ing pathetic.

That and on Windows Vista 64 and W7, IE8 is actually more secure! I still just use Chrome when I want to use it not because a bunch of money grabbing old men on the EU legislation board think I need to be given the option with instructions in crayon.

I was going to complain about pricing, but that seems a rather pointless thing to do anymore.

Microsoft is going to do whatever they want. They're a corporation. To them we're a dollar sign, not people. 8-(

Julius Caro said,
mmmm microsoft wasnt forced to remove IE as far as I know...

they were not forced. in fact, the EU said that they did not believe it was a good idea for consumers.

Well, I will wait for the upgrade regardless. I pay for Vista and get treated like this because of where I live, Microsoft can **** off

Wakers said,
(snipped) This is what MS were doing from the start. (snipped)

Really? Next time RTFA.

The article states:

"A top Microsoft executive today denied reports that European users will pay more for Windows 7 because of the company's wrangling with antitrust regulators."

Not really made up, was it?

(snipped)

Ricardo Gil said,
Really? Next time RTFA.

The article states:

"A top Microsoft executive today denied reports that European users will pay more for Windows 7 because of the company's wrangling with antitrust regulators."

Not really made up, was it?


Thank you,

Microsoft only recently changed their product lineup and called it Windows 7E, much like Windows Vista N, a stripped version of Windows without IE. If Microsoft did NOT do this, they would once again face another lawsuit and pay millions to please the anti-trust regulators.

Wakers said,
(snipped) This is what MS were doing from the start. (snipped)


Wakers, you are 100% right. I was wondering who would see this first.

Microsoft charges Windows 7 FULL for the price of Windows Vista UPGRADE. Because they don't have a seperate upgrade package at the moment for Europe.

Vista UPGRADE is EUR119, Windows 7 FULL is EUR119.

Nothing, but nothing has changed since the first day the prices were released.

When they release Windows 7 UPGRADE it will then still be EUR119, but they will increase the Windows 7 FULL price to its normal value which is around EUR208.99

Ricardo Gil said,
Really? Next time RTFA.

The article states:

"A top Microsoft executive today denied reports that European users will pay more for Windows 7 because of the company's wrangling with antitrust regulators."

Not really made up, was it?

You're still completely, utterly, totally wrong. ricknl explains it perfectly. Judging by your articles though, you won't understand it.

I'm confused by this article. Nothing has changed since the original Windows 7 pricing announcement, but this article makes it sound like something did.

Computerworld makes no indication of that, just Neowin. You guys should fix that.

Specifically, this is extremely misleading to your readers:

After reporting that Microsoft will be charging up to twice as much for the full version of Windows 7E in Europe compared to Windows 7
in the United States, Microsoft has responded by adjusting their pricing

Publisher 98 $99.95
Publisher 98 £99.95
Exchange rate at that time Over $2.00
EU or not, overpriced in UK.
I know its a while ago but nothing changes does it?

I lot of interesting comments on upgrade pricing, but doesn't anyone in Europe buy the [usually far] cheaper OEM discs? With 7 I don't believe the ability to upgrade rather than install fresh, will be worth much of anything.

The win7 RC upgrade from Vista 32 could be improved near 100%, and it would still be a disaster. While it's always been better, has always been recommended to do a clean install, it seems almost a requirement with 7, or is a requirement if you want things running correctly. My guess would be that 7, trying to come up with compatibility settings, has a terrible time of it when that software's already running under Vista's compatibility settings. And this isn't just ancient apps -- a huge portion of software today is still written mainly for XP, with developers counting on Vista to deal with it. It's understandable really -- who would want to give up the extremely large XP customer base, or develop separate versions of code? Any upgrade improvements in the RTM IMHO would be on the order of still shooting yourself in the foot, but this time only blowing off a couple of toes. ;-0

Microsoft can try charging what they like for Vista Release 2. In the end, the market will decide what price they are prepared to pay.

Personally I'm sticking with XP, and I don't see that changing any time soon. I was happy with Windows 2000, which was probably Microsoft's best O/S in terms of size and (relative) simplicity. Vista has no real killer applications, nor does Windows 7. Integrating Virtual PC and a virtual copy of XP at first seems like a great idea, but is really more an admission of defeat.

OMG, I just hate the EU. Stuff like this is the reason Norwegians voted against a membership, but still they have to sell us this crap!

Which EU-idiot was the moron behind the idea that "Hey, Microsoft is trying to make a complete OS, that provides the custumer with what he needs! Let's put a stop to that, so that we ... uhm ... at least we will have something to do for the next cuople of months!"

Honestly, I appreciate that other companies make their own browsers and Media Players and stuff, it's great with alternatives. And I actually use Chrome myself, and I adore it and advertise for it wherever I go, but still I think Microsoft should be allowed to implement whatever feature they like in their OS. If not they should remove Paint, WordPad, Calculator and NotePad as well - which is totally absurd. I do, to some extent though, buy the argument that MS has been slowing down the development of the web, but hey... What can I say.

MICROSOFT: Will you please let the people not living in the EU buy the non-EU version of Windows 7 at a reasonable price?

hello,
I'm french and I want to say that french people was against EU during the referendum,
only the president has decided its entry into the comunity and I want to say that many are against the decisions of the EU against Microsoft , me first,
to remove the Internet Explorer 7 for Windows is a total aberant.
result we have if we want windows 7 to buy the full version because no update
thank you EU :(

ps: google traductor french => english

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