Microsoft announced theWindows 7Family Pack option, it said that the three-user bundle of Windows 7 Home Premium would be available only for a limited time.
That time, it appears, is drawing to a close. As noted by WindowsITPro, supplies aredrying up fast
"The Windows 7 Family Pack was introduced as a limited time offer while supplies last in select geographies," Microsoft said in a statement. "Response has been very positive and in some cases, the offer has sold out. "
The company wouldn't say how many copies have sold or how many it allocated for the family pack option. It also said it has no current plans to extend the offer.
Microsoft's own online store appears to be sold out, though those in Orange County, Calif. or Scottsdale, Ariz. could check out the retail spots.
Amazon itself is sold out, although some other sellers are offering it on Amazon's site, but at prices well above its suggested price.
Computer users had been asking Microsoft since the days of Vista and longer to offer a discount to those trying to outfit more than one PC with the latest version of Windows. Microsoft finallyconfirmed in Julythat it would have a family pack option.
When itannounced full detailslater that month, though, Microsoft said that the $149 package would be available "while supplies last." At the time I pressed them for more details and the company would not say how many copies it planned to sell nor how long the offer would last.
Apple, by contrast, has offered itsMacOS X family packsince 2002. That version covers up to five computers in a household.