When Microsoft (s MSFT) announced the pricing of Windows 7, it created a fair bit of commentary here and elsewhere. Debate raged on the prices being high, low or just right, but one common thread was found. There were several comments requesting a family pack of licenses, and I don’t recall seeing any dissenters to that opinion.
ZDNet’s Ed Bott eye-spied some legalese in the latest Windows 7 licensing agreement that leads him to believe Microsoft will indeed offer a family pack for the operating system. Ed found this tidbit in the Windows 7 Home Premium version:
“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.”
If this comes to pass, I think it’s a good move. It’s not uncommon for households to have more than one computer these days. Some folks (*looks in mirror with guilt*) own several devices by themselves. The “family pack” idea isn’t new to Microsoft, either. In the past, it’s offered its Home and Student Office editions that support a similar approach: One discounted price covers three individual licenses.
Ed asks a great question, so I’d like to reiterate it here: If Microsoft does offer a three-license family pack for Windows 7 Home Premium, what kind of price would you expect? Ed’s betting on $189, which I think would be reasonable.