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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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Quit crying
By bunnyfubbles on 8/29/2006 5:05:14 PM , Rating: 2
A. If you read the descriptions of the different versions, you'd realize that Ultimate is for elitist suckers. A smart XP Pro user's natural upgrade path would most likely be Home Premium or even Business, which if you go with upgrade/OEM pricing, it would be right about the same price you most likely paid for XP Pro (assuming you didn't buy retail)

B. If the OS lasts us as long as XP did, I'd wager paying up for Ultimate is a bargain compared to paying $130-200 every year for an Apple OSX redo.

RE: Quit crying
By MonkeyPaw on 8/29/2006 5:40:54 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, OSX is updated formally every 1.5 years. Even then Apple still updates the previous version of OSX several times after the release of the new version (not saying MS doesn't do the same thing). As for $129, yes, that's the retail price, but when Tiger was released, I saw it selling with a $50 MIR on select weekends. It appears that Apple is a bit more generous about getting people to their newest version of OSX . A while back, I bought a refurbed iBook from that was listed to ship with 10.3 installed, but when it arrived it shipped with a copy of 10.4 in the box. Of course we can't say if MS would do the same thing since they don't sell PCs, but one could argue that Apple "lost a sale" by doing what they did.

RE: Quit crying
By Nekrik on 8/29/2006 11:00:58 PM , Rating: 2
A timely article on just the pricing subject:
"By releasing its operating system more often and at a slightly higher cost, Apple Computer is better able to maximize its profitability in the OS field compared with its rival, Microsoft. "

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