Will Microsoft Sell a Family Pack for Windows 7?

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 ‘Qualified Family Pack User’, you may install one copy of the software marked as ‘Family Pack’ on three computers in your household for use by people who reside there.”

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.

2 Comments

  1. Sumocat

    07/02/2009 at 9:32 am

    An overdue move, but for a family, three licenses sounds a bit tight. Should be adequate for most, but there’s no wiggle room.

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  2. Modnar

    07/02/2009 at 6:53 pm

    Well with the previous home and student versions (such as office and I’m sure XP too) you could install it on up to 3 computers….

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