Windows 7 has quite a few package options. I was asking my husband about it last night and he listed quite a few options and after looking at all of them, I know that families can save by purchasing the Family Pack at the Microsoft Store.
The Family Pack was introduced last year as a limited time offer and while supplies last in select geographies. As I was talking to my husband he said he had heard that the Family Pack was coming back and it is. Starting on October 22nd (already out in the US, October 22 for the rest of the world in some markets), you will be able to buy the Windows 7 Family Pack, which allows you to install Windows 7 Home Premium on up to three PCs for $149.99 in the US. That is a huge savings. Retailer prices may vary by geographic location but will still be a great savings. You might want to act quickly as it quickly sold out last year.
All of this is a way for Microsoft to celebrate reaching the one year anniversary of Windows 7 and a way to make it easier for families. That is why they are bringing the offer back. It’s an easy and cost effective way to get an entire household’s PCs running Windows 7. When you run Windows 7 on more than one PC, you can use HomeGroup to quickly connect PCs (just a few clicks) and instantly share files, music, and photos across all the PCs in the family. You can also easily share a printer with all the PCs in your home. We have our entire house networked, all of our computers can see each other and the printer. It’s nice to be able to do everything from one computer. HomeGroup only works with other Windows 7 PCs. It’s not available on Windows Vista or Windows XP. It looks like if you need any help or have questions bloggers are answering questions at the Windows Experience blog.
I will be participating in a WIndows 7 test group as Microsoft is sending me a laptop on loan for one year with Windows 7. Of course, I’m already using Windows 7 and have been enjoying all of the benefits for a while now anyways!