If there is one downer on the generally excellent Windows 7 pricing and promotions it is Microsoft's frustrating insistence on only selling the public single licences. Until now...
Digging on the Interweb has found a clause in the Microsoft 'Software Licence Terms' which references a "Family Pack" edition of Windows 7 Home Premium that covers up to three computers. The section reads:
2. INSTALLATION AND USE RIGHTS.
a. One Copy per Computer. Except as allowed in Section 2 (b) below, you may install one copy of the software on one computer. That computer is the "licensed computer."
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 clause is missing from both Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate editions which suggests this is squarely aimed at the mass market. Naturally no reference to pricing is made or whether Europe will be exempt following the Windows 7 E fiasco but it certainly looks like a breakthrough for common sense...