Microsoft to sell Windows 7 for $29.99 to students

In a totally unexpected move, Microsoft said it would offer Windows 7 (Home or Premium, 32-bit or 64-bit) to students for a mere, get this…only $30 (yes, the full OS).

The announcement comes from the 741 website, a site hosted by The Price Company on behalf of Microsoft.

The site reads: For a limited time, eligible college students can get the sweetest deal on Windows 7 – for only $29.99* USD. That’s less than most of your textbooks! Hurry — offer ends January 3, 2010 at 12:00 am CST.

 In order to be eligible for the deal, students must have a working school email address. The deal is currently only available for U.S. students, but it could also be expanded to Canada in particular.

The upgrade versions of Windows 7 Home and Professional will retail for $120 and $200, respectively.

The deep discount from Microsoft comes given intensifying competition from Apple and the recent release of Apple’s OS X upgrade Snow Leopard which is priced at $29.99 but can be found at major retailers for even less.

We won’t get into the whole Windows 7 vs OS X stuff, either way, this is a great opportunity for students to grab a full copy of Windows 7 for an incredible price.

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