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Will Windows 7 really cost more than Vista?

Posted on 20th May 2009 at 11:52 by Tim Smalley with 30 comments

Tim Smalley
While Darren Ward, Director of Product Management for Dell’s Business Client Product Group, has said that Microsoft is likely to charge more for Windows 7 licences than it did for both Windows Vista and Windows XP, I’m not 100 per cent convinced that it'll affect consumers in quite the same way it does OEMs.

I would be quite surprised if the price increase is as widespread as implied by Ward’s statements – many commentators seem to think he means that every version of Windows 7 will be more expensive, but I think it’s likely to affect a smaller subset of potential Windows 7 adopters.

It’s important to understand the context in which the news was reported because I think that it makes quite a difference to what Ward actually said.

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