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OS will be available for ?30 until January

Windows 7 student deal goes live

Cash-strapped students are now able to pre-order Windows 7 for less than half the £80 price tag, ahead of the operating system’s official release later this month.

Microsoft’s student offer launched yesterday, and UK students with a valid ‘.ac.uk’ email address from their institution can now pre-order Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Professional for £30, while US students with a ‘.edu’ address pay $30.

The firm hopes that students can’t afford to buy a new machine but want to upgrade their system for the new academic year will take advantage of the operating system’s discounted price.

Windows 7 is released on 22 October, while the student deal closes on 3 January 2010.

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