Windows 7 pricing will be announced next month, it has been reported.
According to TechARP.com, Microsoft will publicly announce prices for Windows 7 in mid-June. Although Microsoft has detailed the Windows 7 versions it will ship later this year, it has not set prices or a launch date for Vista's successor.
A report last week cited a Dell product director as saying that the average price of Windows 7 would be higher than Vista, but did not go into specifics.
"In tough economic times, I think it's naive to believe that you can increase your prices on average and then still see a stronger swell than if you held prices flat or even lowered them," Darrel Ward, director of product management for Dell's business client product group, told CNET.
"I can tell you that the licensing tiers at retail are more expensive than they were for Vista."
According to TechARP, Microsoft set Windows 7 pricing for computer makers such as Dell several weeks ago. By now, Microsoft has also informed major retailers of the Windows 7 prices.
One analyst didn't have any idea what Microsoft will charge for Windows 7, but was sure of one thing: continuing economic problems put a very big monkey wrench in Microsoft's plans.