As the rumoured Fall ’09 debut grows closer and with the release of a free, practicaly fully functional release candidate – Microsoft’s Windows 7 is creating a lot of buzz – especially given the promising preliminary results. However, even though the release candidate is free, and will remain so until June 2010, Microsoft does intend to actually sell the operating system and so the question of price has been inevitably dredged up. Microsoft’s OS prices have sat at roughly the same price level for both XP and Vista releases, eventually dropping after full market saturation. However, in a recent interview with CNET, the marketing director for Dell, expressed concerned about what he claims, is a higher than normal release price for Windows 7
In the business market, Windows 7 Professional is expected to be more expensive than Windows Vista Business, the version that Professional is replacing, he said.
Some schools and smaller businesses may not be early adopters due to price. “Schools and government agencies may not be able to afford (the additional cost). Some of the smaller businesses may not be able to enjoy the software as soon as they’d like,” Ward said.