Posted By RichC on November 4, 2009
I’m a regular reader of Paul Thurott and he had a great article on the “convoluted, ridiculous and hard to understand” pricing and option packages associated with upgrading a Microsoft Windows PC to the new Windows 7 operating system. He compared it to the “Bataan Death Match … but this time, the victims are your sanity and your wallet.” If you are a Mac lover, you’ll enjoy the “what is Microsoft thinking” article since Apple prices their update straight forward and all inclusive … although they do come every couple of years at a cost. Check out Part two of Win 7 vs. Snow Leopard. Of course one could always consider one of the vastly improved Linux OS flavors that are available as free downloads … which has me wondering why I still pay for licenses on my Apple and Windows computers?
Apple Snow Leopard OS
- Mac Leopard users can upgrade to Snow Leopard for $29 or five-Mac Family Pack for$49.
- Intel-based Tiger OS users will spend $169 or $229 for the family pack.
***All previous Mac hardware configurations are out of luck … old Leopard is a far as you can go.
Microsoft Windows 7 OS
- Windows 7 Home Premium (Upgrade) $119.99
- Windows 7 Home Premium (Full) $199.99
- Windows 7 Family Pack (Upgrade, retail only) $149.99
- Windows 7 Professional (Upgrade) $199.99
- Windows 7 Professional (Full) $299.99
- Windows 7 Ultimate (Upgrade) $219.99
- Windows 7 Ultimate (Full) $319.99
- College Students only: Windows 7 Home Premium (Upgrade) or Professional (Upgrade) $30 <== quite the deal if you have a .edu email address. Haven’t had the nerve to try my alumni dot edu email address?