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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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Eh...
By Locutus465 on 8/29/2006 10:47:02 PM , Rating: 2
Got a notification to download 5336 32b edition... It installed in record time, that is for sure... But died a horrible death when I tried to install the nVidia display drivers. I guess I can't say much since this is the first OS beta I've followed this closly, but it seems to me like Microsoft has a long way to go.




RE: Eh...
By Locutus465 on 8/29/2006 10:47:50 PM , Rating: 2
correction, 5536....


RE: Eh...
By Nekrik on 8/29/2006 10:58:01 PM , Rating: 2
were those Microsoft's drivers or nVidia's?

Every machine with an nVidia card in it that I've run the install on and used the drivers installed with the OS has been fine.

The only drivers I see on the nVidia site are for Vista Beta2, not RC1.


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