Windows 7 prices set; other news in brief

Microsoft reduces prices on low-end Win 7 SKUs; IT pros sweat cloud computing details.

IT channel news in brief for June 26, 2009

Microsoft posts Windows 7 prices

Microsoft detailed Windows 7 pricing on its Windows Team Blog yesterday.

Estimated retail price (ERP) on upgrades is $119.99 for Win 7 Home Premium; $199.99 for Professional; $219.99 for Ultimate. These (U.S.) prices are presumably for users moving from either Windows XP or Vista.

The full packaged retail product ERP is$199.99 for Home Premium; $299.99 for Professional; and $319 for Ultimate. Some low-end SKUs will cost less than analogous Vista SKUs.

Microsoft already set Oct. 22, 2009, as the official coming out day for the operating system.

IT pros have doubts on the cloud

The devil's in the details when it comes to compliance in cloud computing, according to some attendees of the Enterprise 2.0 show in Boston this week.

The issue of whether an enterprise can leverage the economies of scale provided by the cloud and still be able to address compliance remains a serious concern for IT practitioners, according to SearchCompliance.com.

Doug Cornelius, chief compliance officer at Beacon Capital Partners LLC in Boston, put the vendors on a panel on the hot seat with his thoughts on cloud computing compliance, including records management, availability of log files, terms of service, investigations, geography, data privacy laws, the risks of shared servers and the relevance of Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard compliance or a SAS 70 Type II audit. As Cornelius noted during the discussion, "The devil is in the details. I am the devil."

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