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Amazon's leaked pricing holds up

Last week, leaked pricing for Microsoft's upcoming Windows Vista operating system. Today, Microsoft has updated its Windows Vista site with official pricing for the various versions of the operating system. Not surprisingly, Amazon's figures were right on the money (prices listed as 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

Microsoft didn't elaborate on Amazon's suggested ship date of January 30, but simply stated that volume license customers would receive the OS in November while general public availability will be in January of 2007.

On Friday, Microsoft released Windows Vista RC1 to testers. Microsoft announced today that it would be expanding the availability of RC1 this week with the Windows Vista Customer Preview Program (CPP). When all is said and done, Windows Vista RC1 will have been made available to over 5 million customers worldwide.

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Rip off prices!
By urosv on 9/5/2006 3:10:15 PM , Rating: 0
Am I the only one who thinks that what microsoft asks for Windows is simply too much? Come on a basic version for 200 dollars and a ful featured one for 400 dollars?!
And then they ask themselfs why is there so much piracy... Idiots...

RE: Rip off prices!
By tacoburrito on 9/5/2006 3:14:18 PM , Rating: 2
I can't imagine anyone paying for retail or upgrade their OS from XP. It took 3 years for XP to play nice with all the legacy software and hardware, and who would want to upgrade again just when XP is finally starting to be bug-free?

RE: Rip off prices!
By Sunday Ironfoot on 9/5/2006 3:35:41 PM , Rating: 5
Simple solution....

If you think it's a ripoff, don't buy it!

RE: Rip off prices!
By mendocinosummit on 9/5/2006 4:03:47 PM , Rating: 2
But there needs more alternatives. I a like to game and build computers for a small profit, what else good I use? I like linux, but many people with little comp experience are afraid to try it. When another OS, like a linux alliance, can play all new games, as plenty of online help, and many of the perks thtat MS offers then there will be an alternative.

RE: Rip off prices!
By Oxygenthief on 9/5/06, Rating: -1
RE: Rip off prices!
By Calin on 9/7/2006 9:39:56 AM , Rating: 2
I think that you could buy an upgrade, but if you are unhappy keep running the older operating system...

RE: Rip off prices!
By retrospooty on 9/5/2006 4:38:59 PM , Rating: 5
"I can't imagine anyone paying for retail or upgrade their OS from XP."

I totally understand why you would not want to upgrade, but beleive me, millions will buy it in the first few months, and within a few years MS expects 100's of millions of copies to be sold... It will happen like it or not.

I for one, and the vast majority of people out there had no issues at all with XP from day one. The same will hold true for Vista. The few users with issues are always the loudest, the silent majority is trouble free.

RE: Rip off prices!
By ChronoReverse on 9/5/2006 4:53:14 PM , Rating: 2
Still, it's not worth upgrading unless you have a significant rig in the first place. XP is still very good.

With new computers, I see little reason not to have Vista instead of course and I've posted several times about how much I'm liking Vista now that the Release Candidate builds are out. Nonetheless, it's still not very compelling to upgrade and the prices are not going to help that either.

If MS halved the prices, I'd probably recommend upgrading to Vista to anyone who has a system that would run smoother with it.

RE: Rip off prices!
By kmmatney on 9/5/2006 5:24:37 PM , Rating: 2
Heck, windows 2000 is still very good. I still have two windows 2000 machines (my wife's and my son's) and several work machines on it, and have no trouble whatsoever inastalling new devices and software on them. Everything just works.

RE: Rip off prices!
By NoSoftwarePatents on 9/5/2006 5:22:28 PM , Rating: 2
Well, in the future, you might be able to get an OEM version for cheap. For example, Windows XP Professional is less than $150 brand new. You mostly don't get a paper box, but the license is legit.

Also, a vendor could have a discount. For example, I bought a fully legit copy of Windows 2003 Server Enterprise Edition with no CAL's for $400 from a company called 9software. They no longer have that deal, but I have my holographic Microsoft CD-ROM at my house...

RE: Rip off prices!
By nilepez on 9/5/2006 7:45:58 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know what problems you were having, but XP worked with my Win9x software (with the exception of certain tools, which weren't designed for an NT system).

That said, I think the prices are high...especially if they REALLY plan to come out with a new OS in 2 years. I don't want to see a new OS every year or 2 (esp at these prices).

I think the way to go is sign up for a cheap class at a community college and buy a student version. These prices only make sense for businesses, IMO.

RE: Rip off prices!
By ryandmiller1 on 9/5/2006 4:06:43 PM , Rating: 2
Windows Ultimate is technically the full version yes. But it isnt intended for most peolpe to use, why in the world would you need ultimate? Home Pro is all you need. Their pricing is interesting though. Not for Windows, but for Office. It isnt an OS and they charge $400 for it? What is more complicatedf, an OS or spreadsheet and word processing software?

RE: Rip off prices!
By GreenEnvt on 9/5/2006 4:32:44 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know, $400 is a lot of money, but it is the "heart" of your computer, you use it every time you use your computer (yea, yea, I know if you boot into Linux or similar you are not, but generally). Assume a similar lifetime to XP, 5 years, you are then paying about 22 cents a day to use the OS.

RE: Rip off prices!
By OvErHeAtInG on 9/5/2006 5:23:24 PM , Rating: 2
22 cents a day is quite a lot if you ask me... Given the fact that if you want the media capabilities and the ability to log on to a domain, you have to get Ultimate, that's very steep. I paid $140 for XP Pro, and now it's twice that just to maintain the feature set! Very steep.

RE: Rip off prices!
By jkresh on 9/5/2006 6:02:43 PM , Rating: 2
I would suspect that you bought an oem copy for the $140 and I would guess the Vista ultimate will be $199 for oem (upgrade for xp pro was $199 and oem was $140), so its not as big an increase as you are making it out to be (and ultimate has features that were not in xp pro (and some that were not in mce2005))

RE: Rip off prices!
By JackTheLad on 9/6/2006 1:22:04 AM , Rating: 2
I hate when people come out with this logic, "it works out at blah blah a day"

Do you do that when you buy music cds or games?

I have CDs from years and years ago, and I did not buy them thinking: oh that works out at 1p a day to listen to for the next 15 years.

RE: Rip off prices!
By ET on 9/6/2006 11:09:02 AM , Rating: 2
Well, I actually count games in dollars per month ($15, usually). I also count DVDs like this, sometimes. I compare my DVD buys to what I'd have paid for cable TV, just to keep myself in check.

In the case of Vista, it's just a way to convince yourself it's not a lot of money. I wouldn't count it per day, but buying anything is a matter of price vs. how much you think it's beneficial (enjoyable, ...) times the length of time you'd use it. So if you expect to use something for several years, pricing it per year makes sense.

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