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Vista Home Basic: $199/$99.95, Vista Ultimate: $399/$259

For those that have been waiting for Microsoft's long-delayed Windows Vista operating system, pricing for the company's first consumer OS release since Windows XP in 2001 has been leaked. Ed Bott's Microsoft Report initially discovered that Microsoft's Canadian site had revealed pricing for the numerous Vista SKUs. However, later in the day, US pricing was found on Amazon's website.

For those looking to jump on the Vista bandwagon, here are the prices listed (full/upgrade):

  • Windows Vista Home Basic, $199/$99.95
  • Windows Vista Home Premium, $239/$159
  • Windows Vista Business, $299/$199
  • Windows Vista Ultimate, $399/$259

Even more interesting is that Amazon lists the shipping date as January 30 2007. The corporate line has been that Microsoft is aiming for a January retail launch for Vista. Bill Gates has even been quoted as saying that there was an 80% chance that Vista would ship in January. If this launch date provided by Amazon is any indication, Microsoft looks to be sticking to its guns as far as the January launch is concerned.

Vista means big business for Microsoft so it wants to make sure that it gets the launch perfect. The company has announced that it is investing a total of nearly $1 billion USD into the launch of Windows and Office and the latest build, 5536, has been well received by testers and the press.

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By BuddyHolly on 8/29/2006 9:49:33 AM , Rating: 4
Hmm, I know these prices will drop slightly over time, but does this seem a bit steep for something that does not, at least on paper, appear to be much more than a slight upgrade for Windows XP?

RE: Expensive
By Lazarus Dark on 8/29/2006 11:02:57 AM , Rating: 2 will need this to play halo 2 on your pc. pfft-hahaha. but seriously, i need a full review of actual retail version before i consider this, cause as previously stated this looks like little more than a prettier xp. winfs is coming to xp now right? so... why do i need to upgrade? even an oem version of super-mega-ultimate-vista is gunna be like $300 right? even $200 seems expensive compared to the $130 i paid for my oem xp pro.

RE: Expensive
By MrDiSante on 8/29/06, Rating: 0
RE: Expensive
By CKDragon on 8/29/2006 11:46:02 AM , Rating: 3
Little did I know that hard drive file structure = North American video standard.


RE: Expensive
By Assimilator87 on 8/29/2006 12:25:41 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, I got my XP PRO OEM for $80. The $399 retail for the Ultimate Edition is pretty steep. This is really gonna cut into the budget of my next build.

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