It has only been since this past Friday (26 June) that Microsoft started its Pre-Order Campaign for Windows 7 and the two discounted upgrade versions are the #1 and #2 sellers in Software at Amazon. All of this in just three days. Of course, this doesn’t even take into account orders that are made directly through the U.S. Microsoft Store.
As I mentioned a few days ago in my post about Windows 7 pricing and upgrades, this pre-order offer is only supposed to last until 11 July or when supplies run out, whichever comes first. I am not sure what it means by supplies run out but if your even remotely thinking about grabbing your upgrade copies then I would do it sooner rather than later. They are also limited to only 3 per user for each version.
Personally, I have grabbed three Windows 7 Home Premiums and one Windows 7 Professional for our home PC’s.
The Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade is going for $49.99 – 58% off retail and the Windows 7 Professional Upgrade is selling for $99.99 – 50% off retail.
If your worried that the price might go down and you might want to delay your purchase hoping that it does – not to worry – both Microsoft and Amazon have pre-order price guarantee programs:
Microsoft Pre-Order Price Guarantee
The advertised price for pre-order items may increase or decrease prior to their release date, but you will only be charged the lowest price offered between the time you place your pre-order, and the time we either make the pre-order item available to you for download, or ship the pre-order item to you. (Your credit card will not be charged until we either make the item available to you for download, or until we ship the item to you.)
You can order with confidence that you will not be overcharged.
Exclusions: Pre-Order Price Guarantee only applies to pre-order items and prices offered on the Microsoft Store, and does not apply to items and prices advertised by other sellers, prices inclusive of taxes, shipping charges, or typographical errors.
Amazon Pre-order Price Guarantee
Amazon.com’s price for not-yet-released items sometimes changes between the time the item is listed for sale and the time it is released and shipped. Whenever you pre-order a book, CD, video, DVD, software, or video game, the price we charge when we ship it to you will be the lowest price offered by Amazon.com between the time you placed your order and the end of the day of the release date. A pre-order price guarantee message will appear on your Order Summary during the checkout process. If you use 1-Click ordering, pre-order price protection will be automatically applied. The order summary in Your Account will reflect the lowest price within 24 hours of the price change.
Terms and Conditions:
- Pre-order Price Guarantee applies only to items sold by Amazon.com, and not to items (or prices) offered by other sellers on our site. Does not apply to any products purchased at Amazon.com’s other sites, including Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.co.jp, Amazon.ca, or any other web site operated by Amazon.com or its affiliates.
- Pre-order Price Guarantee applies only to not-yet-released books, CDs, videos, DVDs, software, and video games sold by Amazon.com. It does not apply to other product lines or to items that have already been released.
- Pre-order Price Guarantee applies only to qualifying items displaying the offer message on their product detail pages. Items that do not display the offer message do not qualify, regardless of the nature of the items.
- If your order enters the shipping process before the release date and the price is lowered before the end of the day of the release date, we will automatically refund your credit card for the difference between the price you were charged and the release-date price. If you did not use a credit card to pay for your order, please contact Customer Service.
I have also been following Windows 7 info on Twitter and there are a lot of people buying the upgrades – it really is the best thing Microsoft has ever done when it comes to releasing a new version of the flagship OS. The only thing I would like to see is a Family Pack License to help with multiple computers in the household.
By the way – have you caught Amazon’s little slip up? Windows Vista 7? Hmmm.