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Microsoft Unveils Official Windows 7 Box Art

Gordon Kelly

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Microsoft Unveils Official Windows 7 Box Art

So after Apple's domination of headlines last night it seems only fair to give Microsoft some column inches for their retort: Windows 7 *erm* boxes...

For some reason Much speculated upon, the retail boxes for the company's hugely impressive new OS are now being proudly displayed on the Microsoft Store alongside a 'Coming Soon' date we know to be 22 October.

I'm not going to dwell on this too much - because frankly our boredom thresholds should only be tested so much - but what we do see is Microsoft seems to have learnt the skill of more minimalist packaging. That said, I'd have left just the shining Windows logo and a large number '7' on the front and let the colour coding do its thing. Besides, I have a feeling the sides and rear will still be smattered to high heaven with all sorts of specifications, logos and marketing fluff.

Speaking of which I'll be following my own advice and keeping this fairly minimalist. Numerous links below go into Windows 7 and its features in more detail so have a click through. Safe to say, it's the operating system Vista should have been...

Link:

Windows 7 at Microsoft Store

alchobot

June 9, 2009, 7:49 am

any news on pricing yet for us people who bought computers with vista? in my opinion I should be allowed to upgrade to the equivalent 7 version as my vista for free as I purchased my laptop late last year.

Gordon394

June 9, 2009, 7:51 am

@alchobot - not as yet, but I'd certainly hope for some discounts and also free upgrades for anyone who buys a new laptop or desktop (but probably not netbook) within a month or two of 7's release.

Chocoa

June 9, 2009, 12:50 pm

Gordon, Could this be the tech world equivalent of the silly season... looking at software boxes! <Yawn>

Steve

June 9, 2009, 1:34 pm

@alchobot





Don't get me wrong, we'd all like free upgrades, but it's not going to happen unless you buy a PC in the next few months with an upgrade option.





If Microsoft really wanted to get everyone on the Windows 7 bandwagon then they should make the pricing as attractive as possible to encourage people to upgrade.





Having said that, I'd rather just buy the software and give my PC a clean install. If I can get an OEM copy of Windows 7 Professional for under £100 I'd be pleased.

basicasic

June 9, 2009, 1:50 pm

Must nip over to Slashdot to see if they've picked up on this piece of hot news yet.

Martin 6

June 9, 2009, 1:52 pm

Having been in VLS since before XP I really don't know what a XP or Vista or Server 2003 / 2008 Boxes look like, so you can imagine how uninteresting this is for me. Also as you will probably stick a box shot on the pricing when it is released do we really need this 1st look at the Packet I will never see form the VLS site!





just kidding guys news is news and if you did now say some one would ask why not? :)

jingyeow

June 9, 2009, 3:10 pm

Will Windows 7 be avaliable on "The Ultimate Steal". For those that don't know, it's microsoft's student discount site.

Andy0d2

June 9, 2009, 7:50 pm

£100 for ultimate £75 for home premium and there on to a winner IMO

TheVoice

June 9, 2009, 10:11 pm

Comparing it to my Vista Home Premium box I've got here, the Windows 7 ones looks very nice and simplistic. Although the Vista ones weren't bad either, and the cases themselves are very cool.

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