Windows 7 Nearly Free For Students

Microsoft announced today that they will be selling Windows 7 Home Premium to students within the U.S. for a mere $29 (75% off the normal price). If any of you are thinking that price sounds familiar, you’re absolutely right. That’s the same price at which Apple is selling upgrades to the new Snow Leopard operating system. There are some major differences between Apple’s offer and Microsoft’s.

Rackspace Buying Customers’ Mac Upgrades

Rackspace logoRackspace announced today that they will pay for up to 1,000 licenses to upgrade their customers’ Macintosh computers to the latest version of Snow Leopard. If you sign up for a Rackspace account with Exchange server e-mail service, Rackspace will pay for each license you need to purchase in order to get your Macs upgraded to work with Exchange.

Apple Releases Snow Leopard

The latest version of Apple’s operating system will be available in two days (Aug. 28, 2009) and an upgrade can be purchased for $29. The full version runs only $49, which is still less than even the most simple commercial applications you would normally purchase. Of course, in order to use OSX Snow Leopard, you have to have an Intel Mac, so you’ve most likely already paid considerably more than you should have for your hardware. Therefore, the low price of the operating system probably still doesn’t offset the hardware costs.

I have to admit that I’m a little confused about why they are even offering a full version of the operating system. Are there really people out there that own Intel Macs without the Macintosh operating system already installed? I suppose there’s a remote possibility that people are still running Tiger rather than Leopard, but with Snow Leopard not supporting old PowerPC Macs, I suspect the possibility is rather remote.

Wired has posted a list of six important tips that people will need to know before upgrading to the new OS. I find the list very interesting, considering the warnings included in the post are very similar to the major complaints people have had about both Windows Vista and Windows 7.