Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack

July 8, 2009

Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans received an email inquiry from a Microsoft business client regarding a Windows 7 family pack offering similar to the Apple Family Pack.  At Onsite Computer we feel competition in a free, capitalistic society is wonderful for consumers and the Family Pack License offered by Apple is a good example of competition for Microsoft for the benefit of consumers.

Apple’s Family Pack agreement states, “If you have purchased a Mac OS X Family Pack, this License allows you to install and use one (1) copy of the Apple Software on up to a maximum of five (5) Apple-labeled computers at a time as long as those computers are located in the same household and used by persons who occupy that same household. By “household” we mean a person or persons who share the same housing unit such as a home, apartment, mobile home or condominium, but shall also extend to student members who are primary residents of that household but residing at a separate on-campus location. The Family Pack License does not extend to business or commercial users.

In response to the Apple Family Pack offer, Microsoft is apparently presenting a family pack licensing plan which covers up to three computers in your household with the purchase of a special “family pack” of Windows 7 Home Premium.  According to the Windows Home Premium license:
2b. Family Pack. 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. Those computers are the “licensed computers” and are subject to these license terms. If you do not know whether you are a Qualified Family Pack User, visit go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Linkid=141399 or contact the Microsoft affiliate serving your country.”

Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate editions do not include a “family pack” clause. Presently there is no mention of the cost of the Windows Home Premium Family Pack.  A Microsoft spokesperson contends, “We will continue to work with our partners and expect to have other great offers in the future as we lead up to and beyond general availability. We have nothing to announce at this time. Hopefully the Microsoft Home Premium Family Pack will compete in price with the Apple Family Pack, especially at this time of tremendous economic uncertainty.

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

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This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service.

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