Well, just in case you were concerned with how pretty your new Windows 7 packaging was going to be, Microsoft has listed the product on its online store, devoid of the most important detail – price.
They say don’t judge a book by its cover (how did you not see this analogy coming?). Well the same could be said for software. How many can recall seeing an absolutely stunning graphical depiction of a game on store shelves, whith screenshots of the pre-rendered cinematic on the back, only to then buy, install, play, and be sorely disappointed. Microsoft’s Vista had a pretty spiffy retail box, guess we didn’t learn from our gaming experiences. Hopefully with Windows 7 the opposite will be true with the simple, and almost boring box art housing a redeeming OS.
Microsoft’s Web Store has put a little teaser up, listing Window’s 7 with an image of the box art as well as a short list of new and improved features. It is listed as “Coming Soon” which as earlier reported, will be October 22, 2009, but offers no hints as to pricing. The art also only features 3 different versions of the OS; Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate – not the planned six reiterations. Though this time round, consumers should have an easier choice with only Home Premium and Professional being marketing for regular consumers, and the others specifically targeted for certain consumer groups.
Keep in mind you will only be able to get this gorgeous beauty of a box if you buy retail, which, if following the prior MS marketing schemes, will be roughly double the cost of an OEM license.