I just wanted to post an addendum to my post on Windows 7 of the other day and tell staff/faculty to hold off on purchasing Windows 7 until November 1st. Scott Barker (Senior Lecturer, Director of IT, Informatics Program Chair, UW Seattle iSchool) talking to other tech staff on the TechSupport email listserv had the following to report:
Frank Lobisser, the UW Microsoft rep, told me that there would be special pricing on Windows 7 for faculty and staff personal purchases. As you may know, there is a promotion right now for students that allows them to get it for $29.95. He didn’t have the exact pricing for faculty/staff but he told me it would be available for faculty/staff to order through the Microsoft student select program. Apparently it will show up on the student select price list November 1. I have an email in to a couple folks to see if I can find out more details and I’ll post once I find out.
So, you may want to hold off on buying that Windows 7 just yet, a pretty sweet price deal sounds like it’s in the works.