One of the secrets yet to be uncovered is the pricing scheme for the Windows 7 operating system. How much will an end user have to pay to buy Windows 7. Neither the retail price nor the upgrade price of Windows 7 have been known until now.
This has changed since yesterday with a leaked Best Buy Memo getting uploaded to Engadget. The memo contains information about the upgrade prices of Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional.
According to that memo a user eligible for a Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade would have to pay $49.99 while Windows 7 Professional users pay $99.99. That’s not much compared to Windows Vista upgrades. A quick check on Amazon.com reveals that Windows Vista Home Premium upgrades retail for $94.99 at the online store.
The main question is the prices are going to remain on the same level after this initial upgrade period. Users who followed the Windows Vista launch might remember a similar offer called Vista Express Upgrade back then which offered Windows Vista upgrades at a 50% discount. This suggests that the upgrade price for Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional after this initial period will be $99.99 for Home Premium and $149.99 for Professional.
Users who are eligible for updates can save some money in this period which is always a good incentive to get the ball rolling.