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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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Vista is required for DX10 isn't it?
By rushfan2006 on 8/29/2006 11:15:46 AM , Rating: 2
Just got to thinking in my mind since the pricing was released now and trying to weigh the benefits of upgrading to Vista from XP Pro....someone mentioned to me about a month ago that DX10 will not be supported on pre-Vista this true or just more stupid rumors?

By TomZ on 8/29/2006 11:26:40 AM , Rating: 2
someone mentioned to me about a month ago that DX10 will not be supported on pre-Vista this true

Yes, that is true - DX10 relies on the new Vista video driver model.

By Laitainion on 8/29/2006 11:31:22 AM , Rating: 3
it is true that DX10 is Vista only as it redefines the way the OS talks to the graphics hardware, and thus requires a new driver model so it simply can't be back ported to XP without losing most of the things that make DX10 so shiny.
Vista also has other nice bits, the audio subsystem has been completely redone using floating point calculations rather than integer. According to what I've read elsewhere, this has improved performce so they could improve the audio quality. They also redid the network stack to give it native IPv6 support, don't know if that'll make any difference at this point though.

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