Microsoft is now in the retail market and the company is selling hardware and software [3rd party] from their online store. I took a look at some of the laptop computers they are offering and the pricing seems high to me. Trevin Chow, Microsoft Senior Program Manager and Seattle Photographer, stated that:
We initially launched the online store last November, and since then we have had nearly a years worth data coming in from usability studies, web analytics and direct customer feedback. Based on all of this data, coupled with the newly expanded product catalog, one of the biggest goals we had in this release was to simplify site navigation for our customers. With the new site, you’ll notice a re-designed categorization, navigation and filtering system aimed to make it easier and faster to navigate as well as help you find products you want more quickly.
You can take a look at the Microsoft online store at the link below.
There is one items that seems like it is priced within reason. Microsoft offers a 3 pack of Windows 7 Home Premium for $150.00 called the Family Pack. Which made me think. If you had two other people who wanted to upgrade to Windows 7, this might be a way to share the cost.