Windows 7 price hike for UK customers

Windows 7 users upgrading to a more powerful version of the operating system will be charged more than twice as much in Britain than in the US in some cases, Microsoft has revealed.

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Windows 7 users upgrading to a more powerful version of the operating system will be charged more than twice as much in Britain than in the US in some cases, Microsoft has revealed.

Windows 7 is scheduled for released on 22 October, and the Windows Anytime Upgrade scheme sets prices for those who want to switch between one version of the OS to another.

Windows 7 upgradesThose upgrading from Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional will pay £120. However, US buyers taking the same upgrade path will pay $90 - that's £54 according to Monday morning's exchange rate.

Other deals for Brits include the Windows 7 Starter to Professional upgrade - which costs £120 in the UK and £69 in the US. There are six upgrade paths in total and all cost considerably more in the UK than US.

Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade Pricing (US pricing in brackets)

Windows 7 Starter to Home Premium: £70 (£48)
Windows 7 Starter to Professional: £120 (£69)
Windows 7 Starter to Ultimate: £140 (£99)
Windows 7 Home Premium to Professional: £120 (£54)
Windows 7 Home Premium to Ultimate: £125 (£84)
Windows 7 Professional to Ultimate: £85 (£78)

Also on Friday, Microsoft announced that it is abandoning plans to ship Windows 7 without Internet Explorer in the hope that European antitrust regulators will okay its proposal for a 'ballot screen' allowing users to select different web browsers with the OS.

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