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Microsoft has unexpectedly withdrawn its promotional pricing for Windows 7 - the software giant's latest desktop and laptop PC operating system - after demand so strong that its online store apparently crashed.

The online UK Microsoft Store now states "Promotional pricing no longer available".

Conspiracy theorists are sure now to question the supposed crash, hinting that Microsoft merely wanted to stop orders at the low rate.

Prices have now increased to 79.99 for Windows 7 Home Premium, 189.99 for Windows 7 Professional, and 199.99 for Windows 7 Ultimate.

At the initial discounted rate the Amazon UK store claimed that it had sold more copies of Windows 7 in the sale's first eight hours than it did in the 17-week run of a similar pre-order offer in 2006 for Windows Vista.

UK vendors taking part in the promotion were Amazon.co.uk, Argos, Comet, Currys, Dixons, Ebuyer.com, John Lewis Partnership, Littlewoods, Micro Anvika, PC World, Play.com, Staples and Tesco.

Amazon has fallen in line with Microsoft's new pricing, but Dixons remains at the lower rate. Its website states that the offer "will end August 9, 2009, or while supplies last".

European customers will receive Windows 7 in special editions, dubbed 'E' for 'Europe', that have been stripped of Internet Explorer 8 (IE8). A month ago, Microsoft decided to remove IE8 from Windows 7 in an effort to head off EU antitrust regulators, who may still force the company to take more drastic measures.

Source: PC Advisor UK


UPDATE

Dixons no longer has W7 Home at the discounted price, but still has some W7 Pro available.

The lesser known company Anvika are still advertising the low price of 49.99inc VAT. Get yours while you can.



 

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Thanks for the update Mucks

I've been thinking on how people can download browsers if MS dont include an easy way to do this. As FTP should still work fine in Windows Explorer, it should just be possible to browse to something link:

http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozi...efox/releases/

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I really don't see MS getting away with "no access" to the Internet ... I'm still positive they will "bundle" something with our version of W7

There is, however, quite a simple way to get onto the net without IE ... one needs to use WMP ... that is if MS are still pulling the wool over the EUC and or the EUC are turning a blind eye at the fact we here in Europe, despite the heavy fine MS got for bundling WMP with XP ... W7 E has the WMP "feature" still available.
You never know, we may be getting W7 E N.

Simple solution, download now, whatever browser you need/want, and install it on W7 when you get it.

Oh, and I see that Tesco.Direct, PCWorld and Stapels still have "the offer" on sale.


PCAdvisor may be eating humble pie ... I found this.

http://www.microsoft.com/uk/windows/...pre-order.aspx


 

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That last link of your Mucks - that's the e-mail MS sent me.

I wondered if it was still valid.

I think everybody who ran the Beta 7 - and thus had to register - got that e-mail.

 
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There is, however, quite a simple way to get onto the net without IE ... one needs to use WMP ... that is if MS are still pulling the wool over the EUC and or the EUC are turning a blind eye at the fact we here in Europe, despite the heavy fine MS got for bundling WMP with XP ... W7 E has the WMP "feature" still available.
You never know, we may be getting W7 E N.
OOPS!!

I may have spoken too soon ...

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There is one other bit of news here too:

N version will be available in some retailers and this is a version of Windows 7 which includes the same functionality as Windows 7 E, except that it does not include Windows Media Player and related technologies. Like Windows 7 E it does not include a browser (e.g Internet Explorer 8).

So the N editions don't include IE 8 either.


http://community.winsupersite.com/bl...a-browser.aspx

If anybody receives Windows 7 "E/N" then I advise them to return it marked "unfit for the purpose" and ask for a refund. EUC can go kiss my asp.

ah ha ...

http://emea.microsoftstore.com/UK/Mi...dows/Windows-7

... maybe MS haven't cottoned on that they only need produce an E/N version for the EUC.








I wonder what Linux is like these days ... err, second thoughts, no thanks

 

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Silly question here.But could MS not get around the whole IE thing by way of it installing from "updates" as you are installing W7...?
 
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Of course they could, but MS are just being bombastic towards the EUC & Opera ... they is making sure we know the "fault" lays with the EUC, not with MS.



 

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Ya know, for once in my life I think MS should have the right to be able to include whatever the hell they like with their own OS.

What they should do however is just make it uninstallable, that should really keep everybody happy.

But no, they're acting like big kids, stomping their feet and trying to win a war that should never have been started really.

Would everybody just please grow up?

So what's the situation with browsers within a Mac OS?

Not sure what their latest OS is, ocelot, jaguar, panther, lynx or something

 
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So what's the situation with browsers within a Mac OS?

Not sure what their latest OS is, ocelot, jaguar, panther, lynx or something

Safari comes shipped with Mac OS...The latest OS to come for Mac arriving in September is Snow Leopard. I have had a look and it is the dogs danglies. Well if you are a Mac user, and for the sum of around 17.53. Now how is that for cheap..?
 
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Safari comes shipped with Mac OS...The latest OS to come for Mac arriving in September is Snow Leopard. I have had a look and it is the dogs danglies. Well if you are a Mac user, and for the sum of around 17.53. Now how is that for cheap..?
All well and good but the thing I am trying to ascertain here is: Does Snow Leopard come with an Apple manufactured browser?

And if so, why haven't the Eurocrats taken them to task?

Look, I ain't no Steve Bulmer fanboy but laws should be universal should they not?

Edit: Just figured - Safari is a browser isn't it?

Excuse my ignorance

Right then EEC - time to clobber Apple isn't it?

OMG, this is all quite stoopid innit?

 
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