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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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Dell, HP, ect must be quite unhappy.
By VooDooAddict on 8/29/2006 10:57:12 AM , Rating: 2
Dell, HP, ect must be quite unhappy.

With this news ... many people will wait to buy a PC till after Christmas. Sure, not everyone. But anyone who has a techie whispering into their ear will wait. And that's sure to knock off a few % points from the end of year PC sales.




RE: Dell, HP, ect must be quite unhappy.
By Teletran1 on 8/29/2006 11:01:32 AM , Rating: 2
I am going to wait until the next release of windows after vista to buy a new computer. That is what some techie told me. Although this eternal waiting strategy hasnt worked out for me considering I am using a 086 and windows 1.0.


By Lazarus Dark on 8/29/2006 11:08:59 AM , Rating: 2
i know what you mean- first i was waiting for cheap dual core to upgrade, then i was waiting for conroe, now i'm waiting for kentsfield. everytime price gets down to where i can upgrade something twice as fast is just around the dam corner.
i think i'll wait to upgrade my OS when MS Windows super-duper-God Version comes out.


RE: Dell, HP, ect must be quite unhappy.
By haris on 8/29/2006 12:13:26 PM , Rating: 2
IIRC I came across an article mentioning that Hardware vendors were trying to push MS into giving free Vista upgrade coupons for people buying PCs this holiday season. Haven't seen anything new about that in weeks, but not holding my breath either.


By vanka on 8/29/2006 3:13:52 PM , Rating: 2
Why not, they did it for XP. True I'm not sure whether it was Microsoft or the vendors that paid for the coupons.


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