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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: Expensive
By MrDiSante on 8/29/2006 11:36:47 AM , Rating: 0
Every time a user brings up WinFS as a feature they'll miss a little part of me dies inside. I'm going to say this for the umpteenth time - as a user you do not give whether WinFS is included or not. It would have been a nice-to-have for developers but not for users. Vista still has the instantaneous search and the indexing which is all you need as a user. You will not be using any of the SQL stuff unless you're a developer in which case you'd be writing non-WinFS programs for a while anyhow because of legacy support. How much did the transition from FAT32 to NTSC make for you? Close to none. This is basically an add-on to NTSC meaning it's even less of a change. I will repeat this one last time: WinFS is one of the features that will be least missed by users. Now stop bitching about it and decide for yourself what's actually important instead of listening to which features MS hypes up.


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.

NTSC != NTFS


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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