updated 01:50 pm EDT, Thu September 17, 2009
May be intended as competition for Snow Leopard
Microsoft has launched a new educational discount for Windows 7, aimed at college and university students. Eligible buyers can now order a copy of either Home Premium or Professional for just $30; the discount runs until January 3rd at 12AM CST. The homogenized Professional pricing is intended for people at schools with a "domain join" policy, where features like HomeGroup and Remote Media Streaming may become useful.
Windows 7's public launch date is October 22nd. The student discount may be intended to provide competition for Mac OS X Snow Leopard, which launched in late August. Apple has taken the unusual step of pricing a Snow Leopard license at just $29, some $100 less than the cost of the company's last operating system. Windows 7 Home Premium typically costs $120, while Professional is $200.