Windows 7 Pricing Expected Mid-June

Retailers were getting pricing info in May under a non-disclosure agreement, according to Windows tipster TechArp.

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Microsoft reportedly plans to release Windows 7 pricing publicly in mid-June.

According to Windows tipster Web site TechArp, Microsoft plans to disclose the pricing scheme under a nondisclosure agreement in mid-May to retailers, and in June to the general public.

Microsoft declined comment. "All I can tell you is that Microsoft has not yet disclosed retail pricing for Windows 7," a spokeswoman said Friday.

Microsoft plans to release Windows 7 in the fourth quarter of this year, likely in time for the all-important holiday shopping season, the biggest buying time of the year. An executive with computer manufacturer Acer has said the company plans to begin selling laptops with the next version of the operating system by Oct. 23, according to a recent report.

Microsoft this month released the near final version of Windows 7, urging companies and interested consumers to begin testing right away. Among the organizations testing Windows 7 are Deutsche Telekom, the British Airport Authority, Romanian electric company Transelectrica, and oil and gas company Lukoil CEEB.

Windows 7 is a uniquely important release for Microsoft because of the slow adoption of Vista, the current version of the OS. Reviewers of the OS found it buggy, a resource hog, hard to install, and incompatible with legacy software. In addition, the operating system's new user interface has been difficult for many users.

To help lessen the difficulty of moving to Windows 7, Microsoft has made a tool called Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor available for consumers and businesses looking to figure out if their computers are ready for the OS. Microsoft recommends at least a 1-GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of available disk space, and a DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver for Windows 7.

InformationWeek has published an in-depth report on Windows 7. Download the report here (registration required).

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