Windows 7 – The right price
Windows 7 seems to be getting some pretty positive reviews right now. I used it on one of my machines a couple of weeks ago and I have to admit, it was quite impressive. However, I think the price of Windows 7 is going to have to be pretty impressive too, if Microsoft want to reverse some of the damage caused by Vista.
I wrote about Windows 7 back at the start of November. It’s been a very popular post, with hundreds (sometimes thousands) of people landing on this blog each day; searching for Windows 7 pricing / upgrade information.
However, when you look at what they are searching for, you get a glimpse into the expectancy within the marketplace.
Windows 7 free upgrade?
Amazingly, 12% of people arrive here looking for details of a Windows 7 FREE upgrade for Vista users! However, almost 30% of people arrive here searching for information on a reduced Windows 7 upgrade price. In other words, whilst this is not a scientific study, it DOES seem that frustrated Vista users are expecting ‘some kind’ of reduced upgrade option.
I think if Microsoft can match the improved performance of Windows 7 with a realistic price – it could work. However, as we head into a global recession, is there really a significant market for an OS that costs as much as a netbook or low-end laptop?