No, this isn’t a ploy to convince you snow leopard is better than windows 7 or to say windows 7 isn’t worth the upgrade price and just to buy the $29 snow leopard. Microsoft is actually offering Windows 7 for $30, to those that qualify.
Directly from the website:
“For a limited time, eligible college students can get the sweetest deal on Windows 7 – for only $29.99 USD. That’s less than most of your textbooks! Hurry — offer ends January 3, 2010 at 12:00 am CST.”
To qualify, you must be a college student. During the purchasing process you will need to entire your college email address or, if you don’t have one, proof that you are indeed a college student (basically a bill). I’m sure there will be people who abuse the system but the idea is to allow students to purchase windows 7 for a lower price. Going to the regular Microsoft site won’t directly link you to the offer, but Microsoft has launched win741 to allow students to check out windows 7 and then purchase it at the discounted price.
Microsoft is actually offering both the Home Premium and Professional versions of windows 7. Each student may purchase up to one of each version. After purchasing, you will be able to download your windows 7 version in either 32 or 64bit. If you plan to do a clean install, Microsoft recommends you purchase a windows 7 back-up disc. Generally speaking, if you know how to burn the ISO to a disc you should be fine.
Furthermore, if you are also interested in purchasing Microsoft office, look no further. Microsoft is offering students Microsoft Office 2007 Ultimate for $59 with similar requirements.
Windows 7 will launch, world-wide, on October 22nd.