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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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RE: Ya OK...
By IamKindaHungry on 8/29/2006 10:45:56 AM , Rating: 5
If they payed me those prices to run their crappy product i might install it but if it isnt free or better im for sure not getting it. I will stick with my XP and linux since all Vista is is a system hog pretty version of XP. I see no reason to upgrade at this time.

Sigh.. every new MS OS release brings out the same statements...

Funny though everyone called XP a "system hog pretty version of win2k"... two weeks after its launch the same people who bitched and whined were the same ones bragging about having XP...

Fact is... you WILL get Vista, you WILL like Vista and then you will come here brag about it and be completely oblivious to your own hypocrisy...

RE: Ya OK...
By EODetroit on 8/29/2006 2:35:44 PM , Rating: 2
Fact is I still run Windows 2000. Ok... I have another box that runs XP, but I haven't bought another XP copy to replace my perfectly good 2000 OS. I don't think I'll buy Vista at all, stick with 1 box running XP and another running 2000 for a few more years. Vista simply doesn't have any new features I want. Neither did XP, but when I put together a 2nd box, it made sense to buy XP at that point instead of another 2000 license.

RE: Ya OK...
By The Boston Dangler on 8/29/2006 8:23:35 PM , Rating: 2
"Fact is... you WILL get Vista, you WILL like Vista and then you will come here brag about it and be completely oblivious to your own hypocrisy..."

IamKindaHungry, I promise you I will not be installing Vista on my own PC's, ever. Once XP runs out of steam, Linux here I come. As for hypocrisy, save that for the Apple fans.

RE: Ya OK...
By ToeCutter on 8/30/2006 8:56:37 AM , Rating: 2
Hehe, yeah, quite a few folks were bitching when XP came out. But, I think things are different this time around.

XP did offer quite a few improvements over Win2K and was overall a much smoother OS. Driver support was dramatically improved even in early builds of XP. This doesn't seem to be the case with Vista. I mean seriously, what are we getting with Vista? DX10 and an assload of DRM? I just don't see anything new here besides a flashy interface, most of which can be duped with WindowsBlinds, etc.

When it comes down to brass tacks, what are we getting for the coin? I don't thinnk anyone can confidently answer that question. And $400 for Ultimate? That'll leave quite a few deciding: Do I want Vista or a new video card?

I can say that I'm far more geeked about getting my hands on the new Mac I just ordered. Perhaps things will change by the time Vista rolls out, but I'm not too excited about it now.

I'm sure not excited about discovering what hardware won't work with Vista when it ships due to driver support. Despite the promises made by MS, I'm sure we'll all be waiting 6 months for reliable drivers, so this upgrade is WAY out on my schedule.

RE: Ya OK...
By drwho9437 on 9/1/2006 7:26:29 PM , Rating: 2
I dl the test of Vista, and yes it should be better for the novice not getting spyware and it def has some good under the hood improvments too. But the fact is I don't need much of what it offers. In fact the biggest things pushing me toward vista are some programs that don't support win2k anymore (adobe lightroom for instance) and 64 bit support which while not needed now will perhaps become useful within the next OS cycle.

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