Here's a turn-up for the books. UK customers are used to being forced to pay considerably more than their Yankee counterparts for games, gadgets and software. With Windows 7, however, Brits will be paying nearly half as much as the US.

Full editions of Windows 7 Home Premium will cost, according to CNET, around £65. Americans will be paying $120 for the upgrade version, which is about £72, and a whopping $200 for the full version - £122!

Amazon's offering pre-orders for Windows 7 at £65 and Play.com has it for £75 with free delivery. Microsoft's scrapped the "E" versions it was planning that didn't have Internet Explorer 8 in, so this is the exact same software, localized to the UK.

How about that, then?