Originally Posted by Kinaesthetic
Only way I've ever found Win7 that cheap is through their HUP program, or free through Dreamspark Premium, and Windows 8 on education has only gone down, if I'm not mistaken, to around $49.99. I'd love to know where I could find it for even 2*$19.99.
Aperture, iWork, iLife aren't exactly the most powerful compared to some of their Windows equivalents, but that is a huge value add-on to OSX, considering you essentially get them for free with Mavericks (free), rather than spending $200+ in their Windows equivalents. The only one out of the three, Aperture, is the one with a cost. iLife has been free for quite a while, and iWork is now free with Mavericks.
You essentially pay $19.99 for about $200+ in worth of applications, each with an official key. The only way to do the same on Windows side is have access to Dreamspark Premium/HUP/pirating (I do not advocate this) all at the same time. Chances of that happening to someone is extremely slim.
I was targeting Windows 7 with the pricing thing (the $19.99 was meant for the pricing of Mountain Lion/Snow Leopard). I got Windows 7 for free through DreamSpark while in College, and for $9.99 earlier on from my mother's HUP program. I think we had the opportunity for Windows 8 (free), but I wasn't so much interested around the time I was in school. I literally didn't have time to deal with that.
Also, iWork Suite is only free for those with Macs purchased after September 1st, or those who have previous versions. Apple also realizes their 'M$ Suite' competitor isn't as in-depth, but it's also why it's only $60 for the whole package.
Originally Posted by Gigatel
I thought they stated at the keynote that you can be a "laggard" on Snow Leopard and still upgrade to Mavericks for free? Either way.
I was just giving worst case scenario. I think you'd have to be about 5 versions behind to be ineligible. And if you are that far behind, you're probably on a Mac that doesn't support Mountain Lion or Mavericks. However, $19.99 is how much Mountain Lion or Snow Leopard costs for those who would need to upgrade before getting the free update.