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):
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.