Ed Bott has been doing some digging in the deep dark caverns of license agreements based on a tip from a reader. And he’s discovered language that, if it remains in the final versions of Windows 7, seems to offer a hint that Microsoft might be finally wising up and offering a Family Pack license option.
Here’s the relevant section:
““If you are a Ã¢â‚¬ËœQualified Family Pack User’, you may install one copy of the software marked as Ã¢â‚¬ËœFamily Pack’ on three computers in your household for use by people who reside there.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Apple has been doing this for some time and if this holds up it would not only a smart move on Microsoft’s part, but an almost necessary one given that many households now have multiple devices residing there. Ed says he’s going out on a limb and predicting a price point of $189 for a Family Pack. I think the limb he’s on is pretty solid.
This is only intended for home users, not businesses. So, keep your eyes peeled.