No Windows 7 upgrades for EU

Microsoft will instead offer customers full version of Home Premium at a discounted price
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Microsoft has revealed that it will not be offering European consumers an upgrade version of Windows 7 when the operating system is released in October.

Instead, the vendor will offer the full version of Windows 7 Home Premium at the discounted price of £79.99, reports the BBC. The plans were revealed as Microsoft detailed the pricing of the next generation operating system.

Blaming the recent ruling by the European Commission for the move, Microsoft said that it would not be offering consumers in the EU the upgrade version. However, upgrade versions will be available outside of Europe.

From today (June 26th) Microsoft will offer a free upgrade to Windows 7 for any customer purchasing a computer. However, the company has warned that vendors may still decide to charge their customers for shipping of the discs with Windows 7 on them.

Microsoft has said that it will continue to offer the full version of Windows 7 to European customers at the discounted price until December 31st, 2009. After that date, it will increase to £149.99.

The software vendor also announced pricing for Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate. Neither will be discounted, and will have an RRP of £189.99 and £199.99 respectively.

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