I went into Best Buy today to pick up a copy of Windows 7, which I had been excited about since I had started using the Release Candidate. My overall plan was to pick up a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium for my wife’s laptop and Windows 7 Professional for my desktop. However, I found out two things today:
- Microsoft is now selling a Family Pack of their operating system. This is three licenses of Windows 7 Home Premium for only $30 more than the Windows 7 Home Premium Single-User Upgrade. While Apple has done this for years, I applaud Microsoft for this marketing decision.
- There is the option of purchasing an “upgrade” from Home Premium to either Professional or Ultimate. This ran about $90 for the Professional upgrade.
Needless to say, I picked up the Family Pack. At some later time, if I decide that I cannot bear with Home Premium any longer, I can pickup the “upgrade” to move to Professional. Honestly, the only thing I really want in Professional is the automatic backups, but I think I can work around this. Time will tell.