Dell rep indicates that Windows 7 could cost more than Vista, XP
In an interview with CNet, the Dell marketing executive said the average selling price of Windows 7 will be higher, which could affect adoption rates of the new operating system. But I'm not putting too much stock in that statement for two reasons.
First, the average selling price includes the higher end versions of Windows 7 including Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise editions, while most consumers will likely be interested in Windows 7 Home Premium. And second, there are always a ton of rumors floating around before the launch of new operating systems. Some turn out to be true. Other don't. It's possible that what this particular Dell executive got his information wrong, or that it's based on one possible scenario and that Microsoft hasn't actually set the pricing for the operating system yet.
There's one thing that is clear though. Installing Windows 7 on a machine that's already running Windows Vista or XP will cost more money than leaving your existing operating system in place. So there's pretty much zero chance that you'll be able to pick up Windows 7 without incurring some costs. Whether that's going to slow adoption in any way remains to be seen.
[via Laptop Magazine]