MICROSOFT HAS ANNOUNCED that from 30th September copies of Windows 7 will be available for UK academics to pre-order and buy for just £30.
The Vole's come-on to British academia starts around the same time as the school year commences, will be good until 3rd January 2010 and is available to anyone in the UK with a valid .edu or .ac.uk email address.
The offer covers Windows 7 Home Premium and Professional editions, in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavours. Full price purchases will otherwise set academic would-be Windows 7 users back £79.99 or £189.99. This of course leaves out the Windows 7 Ultimate and netbook editions.
Microsoft might be targeting students because they're frequently users of illegally copied software. Also they're likely to have recently purchased a new PC for the start of the term.
However, if they've purchased a computer with Windows Vista installed since June 26th they are entitled to a free upgrade to Windows 7 anyway. µ
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