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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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I'm an intel windows fanboy, but
By lemonadesoda on 8/29/2006 1:18:25 PM , Rating: 0
$ Apple + Tiger <<< $ Greybox PC + Vista

Not a good business model for Greybox. Wonderful for Apple.

If Developers and Corporates are moving more and more to Linux, and Consumers are moving more and more to fence sitting, then Vista pricing may well mean that in-the-shop pricing of new Apples will be better power-to-power comparison than Greybox PC's. Winner? Apple.

It will also encourage bundled vendors to unbundle. Choice 1=Vista, choice 2=no OS or Linux or (wait for it) Apple 10.6PC.

Winner? (with the options of reinstallating old XP OS to new machine, or Linux, or Apple). Apple.

By gramboh on 8/29/2006 2:13:02 PM , Rating: 2
Corporate will never use Apple, it's a lot cheaper to buy 5000 Dell machines/noteobooks with adequate performance than it is a base level MAC. I'm in professional services and have NEVER seen a client use anything besides Windows for client interface.

PC isn't going anywhere because of corporate, price point (budget range ~$500-750) and gaming.

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