Microsoft are offering customers a chance to purchase Windows 7 Home Premium for £49.99 and Windows 7 Pro for £99.99 when you pre-order between 15th July and 9th August. With announcements leaked online indicating that the price when it is released on 22nd October will be £150 and £200 for these versions this represents a considerable saving.
You are allowed to order up to 3 copies at this price from participating retailers (Amazon, Comet, Currys, PC World, Littlewoods, Staples, ebuyer and Anvika) or the Microsoft Store.
I was directed to this offer by a colleague but had not seen it advertised anywhere else. The new Windows OS premium version for £49.99? I am definitely putting my name down.
It is also worth pointing out that Microsoft will stop letting users download Windows 7 RC from 15th August. The operating system is free to download and will continue to work until March next year. So for all of you who, like me, look after a large network, now is the time to get downloading and testing for compatibility.