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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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RE: Volume vs. Retail
By kamel5547 on 9/5/2006 3:35:56 PM , Rating: 2
Probably the packaging/shipping to retailers. SELECT and other volume plans involve shipping CD's in a plain CD cover (like the ones you find in the carrying cases). In addition to being less packaging, you also just need one set of CD's per location so logistically it takes a lot less to get these out the door.

However, there are additional factors, including not shipping the OS at Christmas when OEM's are not ready to offer products based on it. It takes sometime to prepare and test desktops for a new OS (especially since drivers aren't really there for everything yet). I'm sure OEM's don't want 4th quarter sales jepordized by the release of an OS that they don't offer, and told Micrsoft so...

RE: Volume vs. Retail
By hughlle on 9/5/2006 4:12:06 PM , Rating: 2
i stil dont understand what was wring with a simple "home" and "professional"

does this mean that with business we get to have an FTP server included and if we spend that teeny weeny bit more we can have FTP and Remote Desktop :S

RE: Volume vs. Retail
By Calin on 9/7/2006 9:38:47 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know if this will remain as in XP, but you can't run IIS in XP home edition. There are other differences as well

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