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How to Survive and Thrive with Windows 7 Price Increases

By Wayan Vota on October 6, 2010

Microsoft has introduced the Windows 7 operating system, and it seems to be a worthy replacement for Windows XP, which is EoL on October 22.

Windows 7 has a much greater cost.

Microsoft has ended its low-cost operating system deals – XP could be had for just $3 per license. Now, Microsoft is charging much more per license for OEM’s to install Win7 on new PC’s. In addition, Microsoft recommends 2GB RAM for optimal performance.


PC prices are increasing – unless you use Linux

The result of the price increase by Microsoft and the RAM increase, is that all Win7 computers will be around $100 more expensive than their XP predecessors. These price increases are being experienced by everyone in the IT field – from giants like HP, down to specialized firms like Inveneo.

For ICT entrepreneurs, there are three choices to adapt to this change:

  1. Increase your prices to your clients – keep your current margin and add it to the new, higher Windows 7 prices
  2. Reduce your margin – raise your prices, but lower your margin and look to increase sales to maintain profitability
  3. Switch to Linux – Ubuntu is still free, and with a $100 price premium on Win7, you may find clients willing to consider alternatives

At Inveneo, we’re employing all 3 options above to adapt this change – on some products, we’re increasing prices, on others we are cutting margins and hoping to increase volume, and we’re encouraging Linux whenever clients balk at the new prices.

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of his employer, any of its entities, or any ICTWorks sponsor.
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