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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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By gramboh on 9/5/2006 3:55:25 PM , Rating: 2
Not even considering installing Vista until there is a compelling reason to do so. Given that my desktop PC usage is mostly gaming, internet browsing, media viewing, Vista offers me nothing over XP until DX10 games are mainstream. Not to mention performance will probably be worse in Vista with 2GB RAM than I get in XP with 2GB.

Feels a lot different than when XP was released as I wanted it shortly after launch. Same with Win98 and Win95 of course (the big one).

Will probably buy/install it in fall 2007.

RE: Meh
By IamKindaHungry on 9/5/2006 3:58:54 PM , Rating: 2
Obviously you havent used RC1 of Vista, its as fast if not faster than my current XP installation. I have 1GB of Ram.
Vista has come a long way since that piece of crap they released known as Beta 2

RE: Meh
By lennylim on 9/5/2006 4:22:20 PM , Rating: 2
With Microsoft's track record (and, frankly, the complexity of an OS that needs to support so much legacy hardware and software), I'm more interested in Vista SP1 than RC1.

RE: Meh
By MrDiSante on 9/5/06, Rating: 0
RE: Meh
By Draco on 9/5/06, Rating: 0
RE: Meh
By Korvon on 9/5/2006 5:13:50 PM , Rating: 2
Nope, still had to install several codecs to get some movies to play. But K-Lite Mega Codec Pack installs on Vista and now it will play anything under the sun. :)

RE: Meh
By Crank the Planet on 9/5/2006 7:20:30 PM , Rating: 2
Even with the many features stripped out, Vista is 10 times more bloated than XP? Why can't MS with all of it's vast resources keep the code small. There is no justification for Vista being as large as it is- even with all of the features it's supposed to have. Which brings me to my next question....what is Microsoft doing under the hood? What are they really doing?

RE: Meh
By ET on 9/6/2006 10:57:54 AM , Rating: 2
I think that the problem is "MS with all of it's vast resources" (and I don't mean the incorrect "it's"). MS is already past deadline. Obviously its resources aren't enough. Making the code small isn't a top priority, certainly not on the disk (where a single game can take more disk space than the OS), and not even in RAM, if it works at least as well as XP (which it seems to, from reports of RC1).

RE: Meh
By Ringold on 9/5/2006 8:36:16 PM , Rating: 2
I've got 2GB RAM, and Beta 2 performed smoother under all usages (didnt try gaming, but everything else I need day to day I did). No disk thrashing ever. I haven't tried RC1 yet, but from what I hear, it's even better.

Instead of trolling with "it'll probably be worse" when you really have no idea, try reading third party reviews first, huh? If you did, you'd know almost every aspect of it is improved. Now, whether or not you still can justify the expense is a personal matter between you, a balance of your needs/wants, and your income, none of which should prompt you to bug others about it.

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