This week has been quiet for the folks up in Redmond, but just in case you missed the action this week lets recap what was announced this week.
As we move closer to the general availability of Windows 7, it's time for retailers to start planning their upgrade paths that they will offer consumers to move from Windows Vista to Windows 7. Looks like Best Buy is the first retailer to unofficially announce how much they will charge folks to upgrade to Windows 7. According to a leaked memo, Best Buy will start selling upgrade packages on June 26 at BestBuy.com. Those of you who want Windows 7 Home Premium, you can get it for $49.99, and those who want Windows 7 Professional can upgrade for $99.99.
Microsoft also announced that it will ship a special version of Windows 7 to Europe that will not include Internet Explorer, due to the continued EU anti-trust case. Microsoft's lawyers said that "Our decision to only offer IE separately from Windows 7 in Europe cannot, of course, prelude the possibility of alternative approaches emerging through Commission processes. Other alternatives have been raised in the Commission proceedings, including possible inclusion in Windows 7 of alternative browsers or a "ballot screen" that would prompt users to choose from a specific set of Web browsers."
However the EU is not going to give up and released a statement saying that the Commission will shortly decide whether or not Microsoft's conduct from 1996 to date has been abusive and if so what remedy would be necessary to create a genuine consumer choice. So despite the work that Microsoft has done to please the EU, the case will press forward.
Other news to know:
- Windows 7 box art revealed at Microsoft's store
- Windows 7 Build 7227 leaks
- Windows 7 Build 7229 leaks
- EA VP claims they have 'maxed out' the Xbox 360
- End of the road for Microsoft Money
- Microsoft preparing to release free anti-virus software dubbed "Morro"
- Windows 7 upgrade coupon program details revealed
- Microsoft partners with Dell to offer digital downloads
- Project Natel demoed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon