The promo/discount period was also limited to a certain quantity to be sold. For the US it sold out in just a few hours because word spread so quickly about it beforehand. Don't get your panties in a bunch because you didn't do enough research. There are places who did acurately say that it was a limited offer and to act quickly.
what a joke then, most articles on the web that talk about this discount DO NOT state that it is for the 'upgrade' version only...
for instance, from http://www.informationweek.com/news/windows/operatingsystems/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=218101425 we have this: "But U.S. shoppers who pre-order between June 26th and July 11th will receive discounts of 50% or more, Microsoft said. For instance, Windows 7 Home Premium will sell for $49 during the discount period, while Windows 7 Professional will sell for $99. Participating retailers include Best Buy and Amazon, as well as Microsoft's own online store."
So that is where all the confusion is coming from? All of the articles out there that are not differentiating properly... I am bummed too cause no way am I going to reinstall Vista just to get a discount.. I'm currently using Win 7 RC and figured I would gladly pay $100 for it... But now it looks like I have to pay $300??? Microsoft you are a joke sometimes. Seriously.
Must say this...I think we all know by now windows 7 is nothing but Vista fixed...and why we have to pay for the clean up job is beyond my comprehension...I'm running Vista now and seeing more and more problems all the time....files disappear or I should say MOVE from where I placed them..Explorer crashes when if feels like.....LOGON screen shuts down while I'm online if the mouse is not moving....Let me make it clear...Norton which some people don't care for finds EVERYTHING so these's no virus here. VISTA..... is like wachting a horror flick you never know what's comming next !