Windows 7 is finally here and Microsoft is hoping businesses will buy it from day one. UK retailer PC World is opening its doors at midnight to sell copies of the new desktop operating system, and Amazon has said that pre-orders for Windows 7 have outsold Harry Potter.
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"Windows 7 brings to consumers more choice and value than any previous Microsoft operating system," said Ashley Highfield, managing director and vice-president of Consumer and Online, Microsoft UK. "We have worked with partners and consumers alike to deliver an improved user experience with enhanced performance and functionality that promote ease and simplicity in everyday tasks."
Upgrading the Home Edition costs £79.99 until 31 December, then £99.99. The full version of Windows 7 Ultimate Edition costs £229.99.
Home users can buy a three-user licence through the Windows 7 Family Pack for £149.99. Students can upgrade for £30.
Sky TV subscribers will be able to use Sky's internet TV service, Sky Player, in Windows Media Center to watch live and on-demand TV from Sky on a PC.