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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: best
By bersl2 on 9/5/2006 4:07:49 PM , Rating: 2
The only reason a gamer would want to upgrade would be for DirectX 10. OpenGL does not depend on DirectX. I would say not to.

Think about what else you could buy for $150-$200. Hell, you could get yourself a pretty damn good video card for the price of the Ultimate edition!

RE: best
By KCjoker on 9/5/2006 7:17:59 PM , Rating: 2
What good is that video card with no OS? Unless you simply mean staying with XP for a while. I just don't get why people think $200 for an OS is way too high a price but will pay $300 and higher for a video card.

RE: best
By bersl2 on 9/5/2006 8:49:17 PM , Rating: 2
Hardware is a tangible thing, and software is information. If the differences aren't obvious to you, perhaps you should think about them for a bit.

BTW, while XP will not receive DX10, OpenGL will* be updated to take advantage of all the new features that MS mandates graphics cards to have. Yes, on XP.

* No, I don't know this for sure, but I still expect at least NVidia to do it, as they seem to make a strong commitment to OpenGL.

RE: best
By Helbore on 9/6/2006 8:47:30 AM , Rating: 2
Someone's obviously not a programmer!

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