The Windows 7 pricing scheme thing isn’t over just yet. Microsoft announced the prices for Windows 7 last week, including a limited offer with lower prices and all that. There was no mention of a family pack, but a little digging in the latest leaked build suggests that yes, there’s going to be a family pack of Windows Home Premium.
It took a little digging, but the evidence is pretty strong. The latest leaked build of Windows 7 Home Premium (build 7264) contains a very revealing paragraph in the Microsoft Software License Terms. This clause can only be found in the Home Premium version of this build, not the other versions, so it’s Home Premium specific.
b. Family Pack. If you are a “Qualified Family Pack User,” you may install one copy of the software marked as “Family Pack” on three computers in your household for use by people who reside there. Those computers are the “licensed computers” and are subject to these license terms. If you do not know whether you are a Qualified Family Pack User, visit go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Linkid=141399 or contact the Microsoft affiliate serving your country.
The link currently leads to nowhere. According to Ars, this won’t be a limited time offer. If we look at what ZDNet thinks, we can expect this family pack to sell for about 189 USD, which is a pretty decent price. A little unclear is whether we’re talking upgrade or full retail, but my guess is upgrade.
Still, it seems like a nice deal, but there’s no official word from Microsoft, so we can’t be 100% sure just yet.