The official announcement of Microsoft’s family license program is out today. It’s a better deal than I thought:
We heard you loud and clear in planning the Windows Vista Family Discount. Here’s how it works:
- Buy a retail copy of Windows Vista Ultimate (full or upgrade version)
- Between 30 January – 30 June, order up to two copies of Windows Vista Home Premium online
- Pay only $49.99 for each copy of Windows Vista Home Premium
The key is to get an upgrade version of Vista Ultimate, which should cost $250 or less, and then get the two extra licenses for $50 each. That works out to $350 (probably a little less, given the discounting that should be available), or under $120 per copy for one Ultimate and two Home Premiums. That’s not bad at all.
I don’t understand why this has to be a limited time deal, though. Just offer the discount and be done with it, Microsoft!