Microsoft Wants $45-$55 For Windows 7 Starter

OEMs don't want to pay that much.

Published Wed, Jun 17 2009 1:40 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:36 PM CST
The latest juicy information about Windows 7 seems to be that the Starter Edition is going to cost somewhere bet $45-$55. That is, unless OEMs have something to say about it.

Microsoft Wants $45-$55 For Windows 7 Starter

According to the latest quotes from Microsoft, this is the price that they are shooting for. Many OEMs don't seem to be so happy about this though as it will more than likely trigger a hike in netbook prices, as much as $50.

OEMs are trying to negotiate a lower price with Microsoft because this price increase could prove to be a big blow in the netbook market where Windows 7 Starter is primarly expected to be seen. $50 is a very big difference in the low end market and could negatively impact sales.

Microsoft is expected to announce retail prices for Windows 7 sometime around the end of this month. Windows 7 Starter probably will not be included in the announcement though as Microsoft will primarily push it through OEMs and would rather sell Home Premium and Professional instead.

Zac provides professional IT support by day, but plays the role of enthusiast by night. He's been building high-end custom computer for the nearly fifteen years and writing PC hardware reviews for the better part of a decade. Aside from computers, he also dabbles in quite a bit of home A/V equipment. Throughout the years, Zac has picked up an extensive knowledge of power circuitry and leverages this to provide the PSU reviews. When not found testing or writing, you can often find him speeding through the winding countryside on his motorcycle.

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