Huge news today from the Microsoft campus in Redmond and probably the most anticipated piece of info everyone has been looking for relating to the upcoming Windows 7 Operating System – the cost of Windows 7.

So right off the bat – what will it cost you off the shelf:

  • Upgrade Version Pricing
    • Windows 7 Home Premium – $119.99
    • Windows 7 Professional – $199.99
    • Windows 7 Ultimate – $219.99
  • Full Version Pricing
    • Windows 7 Home Premium – $199.99
    • Windows 7 Professional – $299.99
    • Windows 7 Ultimate – $319.99

As Brandon Leblanc states in his post at the Windows Team Blog:

This means that Windows 7 Home Premium full retail product is $40.00 less than Windows Vista Home Premium today. For Windows 7, we are reducing the price on our most popular retail product for customers, the Home Premium Upgrade, by approximately 10% (depending on the market). In the U.S., this means a customer buying Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade will pay only $119.99 instead of the $129.99 being charged today for its predecessor.

Now if that is not enough for you there are a couple of great upgrade deals.  They both start tomorrow, 26 June 2009, and have limited timeframes that they will be available.

The first one is the Windows 7 Upgrade Offer:

Essential details: When you buy Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, or Ultimate either as a packaged product or on a qualifying PC you can get a comparable upgrade version of Windows 7 after it’s generally available on October 22, 2009. Qualifying PCs, offer details, and product delivery methods will vary by manufacturer, so check their sites for specifics. If you buy a packaged copy of Windows Vista you can order your upgrade from Microsoft. The Windows 7 Upgrade Option program runs from June 26, 2009 through January 31, 2010. However, individual PC manufacturers may choose to offer the option for a shorter period. 

You can read the Windows 7 Upgrade Option FAQ for more in depth details.

The second upgrade option is very different and is a time limited Pre-Order program that runs from 26 June while supplies last or until 11 July 2009 – whichever comes first.  This is also restricted to people in the U.S., Canada and Japan – nothing out there for other markets.

Pre-order a Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade for $49** or a Windows 7 Professional Upgrade for $99.** That’s about half off the estimated retail prices. This offer is available through participating retailers. Pick one below and pre-order today. They’ll tell you how to get your copy when Windows 7 is available.

Now those are some terrific deals.  Personally I would not wait long if your wanting to take advantage of the pre-order program. I imagine those supplies will run out very quickly!

Update – it looks like is participating in this pre-order offer!