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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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Way too expensive
By dgingeri on 8/29/2006 12:48:54 PM , Rating: 2
OK, so MS lists the retail full version of WinXP Pro as $299 and it can be found, OEM version, for as little as $115 right now, and was about $140 at the time of release. (I know that because I got mine release day for that.)

Win Vista Ultimate full version is $399 according to MS, so that means it could be around $190-$210 for the OEM full version? Nope. Ultimate will only be available retail box. So you pay full price ($399) or you don't get it. That sucks big time.

The business version will be missing any gaming capabilities and the home version will be missing full networking capabilities, so I'd have to go with the Ultimate version. I simply will not pay $399 for a version of Vista that does what my current version of WinXP does now. Once DX10 actually starts getting used, maybe, but certainly not on release day.

This will be the first MS OS that I will miss on release day since DOS 5. They have really upset me with this pricing scheme.

I have also always paid for my Microsoft software, as well as any others. I am a good customer. I am an IT professional. Why would they screw over good customers and IT professionals with such things. I may have to go looking for a way around spending $400 for a stupid OS that has very, very little over it's predecessor.




RE: Way too expensive
By blwest on 8/29/2006 1:14:44 PM , Rating: 3
Get Vista cheap, buy a $299 dell. :)


RE: Way too expensive
By Tebor0 on 8/29/2006 1:30:11 PM , Rating: 2
You do know the difference between retail and OEM licenses right? You going to use Vista on that $299 Dell?


RE: Way too expensive
By Tebor0 on 8/29/2006 1:28:15 PM , Rating: 2
You're right. These prices are way too high and are causing many to question the purchase.

As an IT Professional.... why are you paying retail?


RE: Way too expensive
By QueBert on 8/29/2006 3:35:45 PM , Rating: 2
If the Ultimate version really won't have an OEM version, they won't be getting my money. With the exception of a rare sale, the Win XP retails I see are basically the same price the day it came out. $399 is TOO MUCH! $299 would be too much for me. I could do $250, but that will never happen retail.
way to screw the customer Billy.


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