Over at The Windows Blog web site, there is an article about anytime upgrades, which are going to be offered by some retailers starting next. I am going to present the information as it appears on the Microsoft web site so that you can understand it exactly as it has been posted. Pay particular attention to which products will receive the discount and also when the sale begins and ends.

Many of our retailer partners are taking advantage of Windows Anytime Upgrade with a brand new offer that will start next week. Beginning April 4th at participating retailers, people who buy a new PC will have an opportunity to add Windows Anytime Upgrade to their purchase at a special low price. In the U.S.:

  • Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Home Premium ERP $49.99 (versus everyday price of $79.99)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional ERP $79.99 (versus everyday price of $89.99)

This offer will be available at participating retailers and for a limited time only, (in the U.S. this offer will end July 3rd). Details vary by retailer and geography – so check with your local retailers to see which PCs they are offering. Participating retailers also choose which Windows Anytime Upgrade path to offer. Some may offer Windows Anytime Upgrade for going from Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Home Premium, while others may offer Windows Anytime Upgrade for going from Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional, or they may offer both.

It also states the following:

When you’re out looking for a PC, be on the lookout for this offer on new PCs to ensure you’re running the right edition of Windows 7 for you!

Hopefully Microsoft will be offering deals for those who have already bought computers that need to be upgraded to a higher version.

Comments welcome.

Microsoft source page is here