When Microsoft first announced its pricing for Windows 7, one of the minor shocks was that Australia didn't get the 'family pack' discount bundle of three copies that nearly everywhere else did. Now it turns out that we will, but only in a restricted way.
Microsoft today announced that it would be selling the Family Pack upgrade bundle, offering three upgrade copies of Windows 7 Home Premium, for $249 from December 1. Microsoft describes the deal as a "limited pilot" that will be available "only while stocks last". Both 32-bit and 64-bit upgrades are available.
I loathe this kind of self-serving corporate BS — the production costs on the physical media are minimal, so pretending there's a limited supply is just rubbish. And it fails to explain why Australians didn't get the Family Pack right up front, although the explanation "let's rort the early adopters" does spring to mind.
To offset that, Microsoft is offering three "Wireless Comfort Desktop" bundles of keyboard and mouse to anyone who has already purchased three upgrade licenses. If you fall in that category, you can ring Microsoft on 13 20 58 to see if you're eligible (apparently, there's this thing called the Internet that Microsoft doesn't believe in for customer service).
Does the Family Pack tempt you towards Windows 7, or have you already bought multiple copies and now feel kind of ripped-off? Share your thoughts in the comments.